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Green Smoothie: A Nutritious Breakfast or Post-Workout Snack


Ingredients:


1 cup Fresh Spinach or Kale

1/2 ripe Avocado

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

1 Banana

1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (optional)

1 teaspoon Chia Seeds (optional)


Directions:


Begin by washing and drying your spinach or kale. Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, and scoop the avocado flesh out. In a blender, add the spinach or kale, avocado, Greek yogurt, almond milk, and banana. Add the protein powder and chia seeds (if using). Blend on high speed for about 1-2 minutes or until the smoothie is smooth and creamy.

Pour into a glass and enjoy!


This green smoothie is a powerhouse of nutrition, providing a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The spinach or kale provides a healthy dose of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, as well as iron and calcium. The avocado is a great source of healthy fats and potassium, the Greek yogurt provides a good source of protein and calcium and the almond milk is a good source of healthy fats. The banana is a good source of potassium and the protein powder (if added) will provide extra protein which is essential for muscle recovery and growth. The chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants. This smoothie contains around 400-500 calories, making it a good option for a meal replacement or post-workout snack.


This smoothie is a perfect way to start your day or to refuel after a workout, packed with essential micronutrients, a good amount of protein and healthy fats to keep you full and satisfied. You can also add other ingredients like berries, or nuts to increase the micronutrient content and calorie count. So go ahead, blend up a green smoothie and give your body the nutrients it needs to perform at its best!



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