Spring has sprung and so have many of the fruits and vegetables that we love. With more variety comes more nutrients as well as colors in our diet. As the weather warms up, we need something to cool down and a smoothie is the perfect way to stay cool. You will want to note that there is a difference between blending and juicing. When you juice, the end product can be high in sugar, low to no fiber and is generally imbalanced from a nutrition perspective as it is devoid of fats and protein. Blending on the other hand can help you achieve balance and maintain the integrity of the fruits and veggies you are incorporating. You can incorporate proteins from yogurt and fats from nut butters or shredded coconut for flavor and a nutrient boost.
Think about adding seasonal fresh fruit into your smoothies. Pop in a vegetable for little to no calories and blend away.
Here is the low-down on the ingredients for this spring time smoothie:
- Strawberries- A naturally sodium free food .Excellent source of vitamin C . They are also a good source of fiber.
- Spinach- this leafy green contains 7 calories/cup and bumps up the nutrition profile of any meal or snack. High in iron, magnesium potassium and folate.
- Carrots- rich in beta-carotene, research also shows that they may have anti-cancer properties.
Here is the perfect recipe for a Strawberry Spring Time Smoothie
- 1 cup of fresh strawberries
- ½ cup of ice
- ½ cup of spinach
- ½ cup of baby carrots
- ¾ cup of water
Blend and serve. Delicious. Fresh.