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Your #Merakiapproved 2 Minute Green Smoothie Recipe


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Do you have busy mornings? Are you a morning person?


Well, my mornings are busy, and I'm not a morning person. But I have to get up every morning to start the day early and get more things done. And when it comes to breakfast, all I do is whip something easy and quick to cook. Like, an egg sandwich or peanut butter and jelly—something to fuel my energy. But I realized that these are not enough to start my day.


I've heard about smoothie breakfast, and it made my mornings better. There are smoothie recipes that would take long to prepare, and others are just as quick as 2 minutes.


But is smoothie a healthy alternative to breakfast?


Some say smoothie is healthy; some say it's not. Smoothies consist of fruits, oats, dairy products, honey, agave, or maple syrup. The problem with these ingredients is that the nutrients breakdown when you blend them. Other than that, these ingredients have excessive sugar components, and that makes them unhealthy.


To have a healthy smoothie, you should choose your ingredients wisely.


How will you know what ingredients to use in your smoothie? Here are a few tips.


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1. Choose your fruit wisely.

Choose fruits that have low sugar content like blackberries, raspberries, or strawberries. Most people use bananas because it gives the smoothie a thicker texture. But you have to know that a 3-ounce serving of banana has a sugar content of over 10 grams, and that's too high. So, when you use banana, only add half of it. Bonus tip: To give your smoothie a thicker texture, you can use a fruit that has no added sugar and freeze it like a frozen half pear and a handful of ice.


2. Avoid store-bought fruit juice as a liquid base.

Store-bought fruit juice has a high content of sugar, and you should avoid it. Juice your own fruit instead or use another liquid like water or coconut water. The liquid from the coconuts is quite sweet, but they have low sugar content. Unsweetened almond milk or soy milk are also great alternatives for non-dairy products.


3. Add protein and good fats.

Whey protein is easily digestible and has essential amino acids that are good for your body. A half avocado is also a good source for vitamin B complex, antioxidants, potassium, and is also an excellent source for fats. Some add chia seeds; these are also excellent sources of fiber and gives a thicker texture to the smoothie.


4. Don't forget to add the greens.

A smoothie won't have complete nutrients if you don't add greens. By greens, I mean the vegetables or plant-based like a handful of Kale, Spinach, or Swiss chard. Don't be afraid; it won't make your smoothie a bitter taste, especially when they are blended with the fruits.


5. When you need to add sugar, use it wisely.

Try cinnamon or nutmeg instead. A dash of vanilla extract will do too.


Here's a #merakiapproved breakfast smoothie recipe by Halfbakedharvest that I'll share with you. It's easy and quick, and in just 2 minutes, you'll have a healthy green smoothie. To make it easier, I prepare the ingredients the night before, so I can just dump it into the blender in the morning.


Ingredients:


  • 1/2 small to medium avocado, peeled

  • 1 cup fresh spinach or 1/2 cup frozen spinach

  • 1 fresh or frozen banana, peeled and cut into chunks (optional)*

  • 1/4 cup frozen mango or pineapple chunks

  • 1 tablespoon raw hemp seeds

  • 1 teaspoon maca powder

  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional)

  • 1 cup unsweetened nut milk, plus more if needed to thin

  • frozen or fresh berries and granola, for serving


Instructions:


1. Fill a sandwich size freezer bag with avocado, spinach, banana, mango, hemp seeds, maca powder, and protein powder, if using. Seal the bag and place it in the freezer for up to 3 months.


2. To make the smoothie, add the contents of your smoothie bag to a blender, then add milk. Blend until smooth, adding more milk if needed to thin. Enjoy!


And there you have it! A quick and healthy fix smoothie for breakfast, snacks, or dinner.


Do you have a smoothie recipe that you want to share? Tell us in the comments below. Or better yet, share this smoothie recipe with your friends too!


Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/are-smoothies-good-for-you#3

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