IMG_2032We love our smoothies and now that it is getting warmer, we are bringing them back as a favorite breakfast treat. I particularly love tropical fruits and pineapple is one of my favorites. I love incorporating it into any and all recipes, especially smoothies!

Another amazing thing is Greek yogurt. It is so high in protein and gives any smoothie the perfect creamy consistency you want. I know Greek yogurt has become a bit of a fad and Chobani, Dannon Oikos and others have become very popular. My absolute favorite is Fage, it has the best consistency and has 0% fat and 23g of protein and was around before the Greek yogurt fad began booming. Another great addition to any smoothie are chia seeds. These have lately gained publicity for helping with weight loss and making you feel fuller longer. These claims have no real research to support them and are likely bogus. If you want to lose weight, you need to eat healthy and exercise, plain and simple. But I digress. What is good about chia seeds is that they are incredibly high in Omega-3. In fact, they are the richest plant source of Omega-3 (the vital fats that protect against inflammation- such as arthritis and heart disease) and contain even more Omega-3 than salmon!

We normally add our favorite juice to our smoothies which is Dole Orange Peach Mango, but decided to be a bit healthier and  juice 1/2 an orange instead. In the future we will stick with our Dole juice, even if it isn’t as healthy, because it adds a great flavor.


Smoothie Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 4 strawberries (chopped)
  • 10 small pineapple chunks (frozen)
  • 3 tbsp crushed pineapple in juice
  • 2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 orange (squeezed)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Directions:

Place all ingredients in blender or Magic Bullet if you have one. Strawberry Pineapple SmoothieIMG_2027Blend until smooth and creamy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nutrition Facts:

Servings: 1; Calories: 148; Fat: 3 g; Sodium: 11 mg; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Carb: 26 g; Sugars: 18 g; Protein: 8 g


Amanda’s Rating: 8/10

Nevin’s Rating: 7/10

“Would have been a 9/10 if we had used Dole Orange Peach Mango instead of a fresh orange”

 

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