Energizing Green Smoothie Recipe: Pineapple Chia Protein Bar

September 20, 2016

Energizing Green Smoothie Recipe: Pineapple Chia Protein Bar

Do not be fooled by its spiky, distinctive appearance. On the inside, pineapples have a very sweet and rich flavor loaded with vitamin A and C, fiber, potassium, phosphorous and calcium. They are also low in calories and contain Bromelain, an enzyme that helps in the breakdown of protein in the digestive system. Bromelain has also anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and anti-cancer properties. That’s a lot to pack in one fruit!

The addition of honeydew is sure to give this smoothie that sweet and refreshing flavor that’s perfect for the summer months ahead! And with its Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B-6, and Fiber, it’s sure to add a whole host of nutritional benefits as well.

Where to begin with spinach? This powerful veggie is high in Niacin and Zinc, as well as protein, fiber, Vitamins A, C, E and K, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, and Manganese. Thanks to the fiber content, spinach is sure to keep you full for longer.

Of course you could use regular water, but the nutty taste of coconut water add a delicious tang to the smoothie. And if you are thinking of the high calories typically associated with coconuts, don’t worry! Coconut water is low in calories and incredibly hydrating. It is much better for you than the typical high sugar energy drinks, such as gatorade.

Yogurt is an extremely good source of protein and has all of the health benefits of milk (think calcium!), but its most powerful aid is probiotics. They are friendly bacteria that help keep your digestive system in shape and boost your immune system.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup pineapple
  • ¾ cup honeydew
  • 1 cup spinach
  • ¾ cup coconut water
  • ¼ cup low fat yogurt (or ¼ cup of So Delicious dairy free yogurt)

Process: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy as a delicious snack or a yummy breakfast meal.


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