Happy New Year. Let the games begin with the January dieting. This year I’m not starting any name brand diets, I sort of don’t believe in them. A couple years ago I tried Whole 30 which led me to constantly think about carbohydrates. I also found myself overeating things I wouldn’t normally indulge on like dates because they were on the “okay” list according to the diet.
However, I do believe in moderation and adding more veggies to my daily regimen. I am not one to juice for days or starve myself to lose a few pounds, but I am into eating a balanced diet containing whole foods. Most of us could use a little more fruit and vegetables in our lives and this smoothie is a pretty great way to do just that.
You definitely need a good blender to make a good smoothie and a Vitamix is a great option. This mixer will puree just about anything, including seeds. Adding a little fruit and a handful of spinach with just a touch of coconut milk makes a pretty darn good drink and you can always add a scoop of protein to stay satiated longer.
1 tangerine, peeled or small orange
2 tablespoons canned coconut milk, chilled and scooped off top
1 cup spinach leaves
2 dates, seeded
1 scoop protein powder, optional
(Makes 2 Smoothies)
1. Add all ingredients to blender. Add 1/2 cup of water and puree until smooth.
2. Add a little ice to glasses. Pour smoothie over ice.
3. Serve with a fancy straw or umbrella, it tastes better that way. Enjoy!