Get Up and Go Smoothie
Get Up and Go Smoothie

Get Up and Go Smoothie

July 17, 2016

This smoothie is loaded with health benefits & has a great flavor, the best reasons to add this to your morning routine a couple of times a week!

Serves: 1

Ingredients

1/2 cup orange juice (not from concentrate)

1/2 cup organic vanilla yogurt

1 Tblsp honey, preferably raw

1/2 cup frozen banana slices (see Tips# 1 & 2)

3/4 cup frozen mango or papaya chunks

1 tsp spirulina (see Tip# 3)

1/4 cup tightly packed organic baby spinach or a combo of baby spinach & baby kale leaves

Directions

1 Put orange juice, yogurt & honey in a Bullet type blender cup & stir till well combined with the other ingredients (see Tips# 4 & 5).

2 Add banana, mango, spirulina & spinach/kale.

3 Process till blended & smooth. Do not over blend.

Get Up and Go Smoothie

Tips & Suggestions

1 Freeze bananas ahead of time. Choose fresh bananas that are partially green or just turned yellow with no brown spots. The more they ripen the sweeter they become & have a higher calorie count.

2 Slice bananas about 1/2" thick & place, in a single layer, in a quart sized freezer bag. Freeze & use them within 2 weeks or so.

3 Spirulina is generally from the Pacific ocean near Hawaii & is known as nature's multi-vitamin. It also makes a fantastic natural green food coloring. You can find it in powdered form in most health food stores.

4 The reason for the extra step of stirring is because the honey tends to clump & stick to the Bullet cup, never getting fully integrated into the smoothie.

5 If you don't have a Bullet type blender, you can use a regular full-sized blender. Eliminate the stirring in step# 1, just add all the ingredients in the OPPOSITE order listed & blend until smooth.

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