Our bodies need all 3 macro-nutrients (carbs, protein, and fat) daily in order to function and this smoothie covers them all. There are so many vitamins in this smoothie from all of the fruits and veggies. The avocado is a great source of healthy fat, and along with all of the fiber from the fruits and spinach, it keeps you full! They all combine to make a perfect meal for one person, or as a snack to share for two.
Last year, after I started tracking my daily macros and calories during the weekdays, I noticed that I was not eating enough protein. Once I increased my protein consumption, I noticed an increased energy level and better workouts overall. Just to be clear, protein will not make you gain muscle; it is actually very difficult for a female to gain muscle by just increasing protein. Also, protein powder is not for weight loss either. Weight loss is achieved from moving more and eating less calories overall. It does not matter how much more protein, carbs, or fat you eat, just as long as you eat less “energy” a.k.a food, so that your body can use your fat reserves for energy.
I used this protein powder, which is plant-based and adds to the greenness of the smoothie. Last year, I was on a lucky streak and won many giveaways, one of which was the protein powder which I am now creatively trying to use up! Hemp protein is plant based, and actually very good for your body, I have to add a lot of fruits to my smoothie to blot out the strong earthy flavor of hemp.
The smoothie ingredients are simple: pineapple, banana, orange, avocado, spinach, protein powder of your choice, and a sweetener (optional). Plus some water and ice to thin out the smoothie.
First, add all of the ingredients, except for the ice, to a blender and blend until smooth.
Then, add the ice and blend again until combined.
Pour into a tall glass, or 2 medium sized glasses.
Enjoy the smoothie immediately, or keep refrigerated and consume within a few hours.
- 1 cup spinach
- ½ of an avocado
- ½ of a banana
- ¾ cup pineapple chunks
- ½ of an orange
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 1-2 teaspoons sweetener of choice (optional)
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup ice
- Place all of the ingredients, except ice, into a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Then, add ice and continue blending until well combined.
- Pour into a tall glass, or 2 medium sized glasses. Enjoy immediately, or store in the refrigerator and consume with a few hours.
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