Green Smoothies With Vitamin C

Green SmoothiesWith cold weather officially here to stay, I realize that ice cold green smoothies are not the first thing to come to mind for breakfast. However, since we’re in cold and flu season now, these green smoothies, which are packed with Vitamin C, will be a great addition to your diet and to boost your immune system. If you’re feeling a little run down, whip us this smoothie recipe for a blast of Vitamin C that is guaranteed to make you feel better.

By now, we’re pretty familiar with the health benefits that baby spinach has to offer, but did you know that parsley is also a great source of Vitamin C? I promise! It’s also a good source of Vitamin A, the other vitamin that is essential to your immune system. Be aware that parsley does have a strong flavor, so if you’re not sure how you feel about using it in green smoothies yet, try using half the amount that the recipe calls for and working your way up from there.

This recipe will take about ten minutes to make, and the recipe serves one. However, you’ll easily be able to double the ingredients if you need to make more. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to have on hand:

  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups loosely packed spinach (or sub 1/4 cup frozen spinach)
  • 1 small sprig parsley (about 3 leaves)
  • 1 banana (a frozen banana will give you a thicker consistency, but non-frozen works, too)
  • 5 small pieces of frozen mango, about 1/4-1/3 cup
  • handful of frozen pineapple pieces, about 1/4-1/3 cup
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • soy milk (or milk of choice, but dairy may curdle with the acidic fruits), as needed to reach desired texture
  • natural sweetener of choice, to taste, optional (but you probably won’t need it – the pineapple and bananas are very sweet naturally)

In the following order, place these ingredients in your blender: spinach, parsley, banana, mango, pineapple, and orange juice.

Cover your blender and blend all of the ingredients together on the highest speed setting. It shouldn’t take more than 1-2 minutes. Taste it, and if needed, add the natural sweetener. Some options for natural sweeteners that you can use include honey, agave nectar, organic maple syrup, and stevia.

Pour it into a glass, add a straw, and enjoy! Make these green smoothies a regular part of your diet during cold and flu season, and I guarantee that your body and your immune system will thank you!

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