Get your fruits and veggies in!

I have officially jumped on the smoothie wagon.  Since my mother bought a juicer for me for Christmas, I have made two drinks a week.  These drinks may consist of blueberries, kale, cucumber, lemon, spinach, apple, etc.  The concoctions seem endless these days.  Turn on the TV, flip a magazine page, or even speak with someone you know- we are all “juicing”.  Even I will admit that it’s a quick, easy, and mindless way to make sure you get your servings of fruits and vegetables each day.  The CDC has a calculator that factors in your age, sex, and activity level to recommend your daily needs.  (http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/fruitsvegetables/howmany.html)

I am the type of person who loves the Summer fruits.  I love raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. When its Winter, I might eat a banana or two during the week.  That’s it for the fruit.  I’m a vegetarian who can eat veggies several different ways without a problem.  Having a smoothie works in the fruits I like in frozen form when I can’t get them fresh.  If you are the same way, or even have a hard time getting those veggies in, try a smoothie.  Make something mild consisting of fruits and vegetables you might normally eat.  You might be surprised.  Here’s one:

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Blueberry Basil Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients
1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup basil leaves
1/2 cup spinach leaves
1 frozen banana
2 cups unsweetened almond milk

Directions
Blend ingredients until smooth.

Nutrition info per serving: 249 calories, 6g total fat, 50g carbohydrates, 9g fiber, 28g sugar, 5g protein