Make Your Own Green Smoothie [Sponsored]

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By Kathleen Wood, in partnership with Whole Foods Market

When January finally rolls around, many of us make big New Year’s resolutions to change our whole diet in order to start the year off right. But here’s my question… Why not make a resolution to just start the day off right? Making a simpler, more specific promise increases the chance you will stick with it throughout the whole year! We all know how important breakfast is, so why don’t we commit to making a healthy breakfast each day in January? You with me? Good!

For a quick breakfast, smoothies hit the spot. They are fast to make, satisfying and you can easily take them with you when you walk out the door. They can also be a great way to add nutrient rich greens into your morning routine—just blend in some spinach or kale to supercharge your smoothie!

Smoothies are very versatile so you should feel free to experiment with ingredients until you find a combination you love. Check out the diagram below… Simply choose at least one item from each row…then blend your way to breakfast bliss!

smoothie infographic
smoothie infographic

Want a tried and true recipe to get you started? Here’s one of my favorites:

LEAN GREEN SMOOTHIE This lean green glass of goodness will keep you energized, full and feeling your best all morning long! Nutrient packed greens join forces with fresh fruit and juice to give you a high impact smoothie. Makes about 2 ½ cups Ingredients: 2 heaping cups chopped kale leaves 1 ½ cups cold orange juice ½ of a pear (or apple or mango) 1 banana 1 tablespoon honey 1 scoop protein powder (We suggest a Grass-fed Whey Protein Powder, or if you avoid dairy, try Whole Foods Market™ Plant Based Fit Protein Powder) Method: Remove kale leaves from their rough center stalk and coarsely chop. In a blender, combine kale and orange juice. Blend until no big kale bits remain. Stop blender and add pear, banana and honey. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

____ Kathleen Wood, a Nutritionist with Whole Foods Market, leads Healthy Eating programming for the Mid-Atlantic region. She graduated from Dickinson College and then did a Master’s degree in Public Health at Boston University where she focused on theories of health behavior change. She also completed a certificate in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University.

She’s happy to offer you advice on food, recipes and nutrition. Please feel free to contact her at kathleen.wood@wholefoods.com.