Tropical Green Energy Smoothie

“Not another green smoothies recipe!!” Yells every girl trying to get healthy but who is just not enticed by a green smoothie in the morning.  

Hi 👋🏽—I hear you—I FEEL you—but I’m going to tell you it’s all in your head. That voice that talks you out of whipping up a 5 minute smoothie because you don’t FEEL like it is called self-sabotage and we don’t like her.  

I have not always loved green smoothies or smoothies in general because I always preferred to chew my food—it wasn’t until loosing digestive function with Gastroparesis for a period of time that I was forced to love smoothies. That forced smoothie period opened me up to the possibility that I had been wrong all along...that smoothies, especially green ones are really not over-rated. 

Why? Because when made in a balanced way, smoothies can really give you lasting energy, prevent a crash, and load you up with a crazy amount of nutrients.  

 

Anywho, I was inspired to start up my smoothie mornings again after seeing some dramatic changes in my skin “glow” after recently deciding to incorporate just 1 green juice a day for a week. Call me vain, but if my physical appearance is affected, I’m all in 😂💁🏽‍♀️ 

So, I figured, why not take it up a notch?

Here’s the current morning fave that I whip up after my fasted workout around 2-3 days a week as of this week on the mornings that I really don’t have the time to sit down and eat. 

*I suggest making this on a Monday because it will set the tone for the rest of your day and week. Starting Monday off practically (only takes 5 min) & healthfully does something to my brain and I just feel incredibly capable and unstoppable—dramatic yes, true, also yes 🎭 

 

Tropical Green Energy

  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks (I get mine from Trader Joe’s) 
  • 1/3 cup fresh or frozen pineapple 🍍 
  • 1 large handful (about 1 & 1/2 cups) Power Greens or Spinach (Trader Joe’s, but any greens will do)  
  • 1 scoop Vega Vanilla & Greens protein powder  
  • Enough unsweetened flax milk (Sprouts), almond or cashew milk to blend—I like mine very thick, so the less liquid the better 😍 
  • Optional: 1/3 cup Purely Elizabeth Original Granola 
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Directions

Depending in what kind of blender you have, making a thick, frozen smoothie may take a few minutes and a few pauses to turn off the blender, and stir around with a spoon 🥄. For easy blending, I add the fruit & milk first>>blend, THEN add the greens and protein powder. 🤗 

If you are like me and basically NEED a little crunch, top it off with the granola, grab a spoon and you're all set babe!

 

 

Eat This For

1) Glowy, Clear Skin

Greens of any kind are incredible skin healers for a whole list of reasons. But the number 1 asset would be their anti-inflammatory properties that ease inflammation inside resulting in less inflammation (redness/acne) outside.  

2) Digestion  

Tropical fruits are amazing for digestion as they contain their own enzymes that help with the digestive process. Pineapple specifically contains bromelain, an enzyme that is often extracted for digestion enzyme pills! 

3) Weight Loss 

Though I personally am not looking to lose weight, this smoothie would be amazing for someone trying to slim down because 1) it’s full of fiber 2) has 20 grams of protein 3) fiber and protein together helps with satiety...stay full longer with less cravings 😌 

*** This smoothie is great for someone who isn't really into breakfast yet and who wants a nice warm up. It's definitely on the lighter side and can be sipped at rather than eaten all at once.