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Indulging in the Goodness of Green

Indulging in the Goodness of Green
Our next #30in30 #nutritionmonth blog post is from Alida Iacobellis, a Nutrition student from Brescia University College. Thank you for submitting!
 
While some people may be new to the Green Smoothie Club, others have been adding handfuls of spinach, kale, celery, and parsley to their blends for years. For all you prospective members who may be hesitating due to the muddled green colour of some of our green smoothie concoctions, I've got a smoothie recipe for you.
 
Green smoothies have been all the rage as of late. A more substantial alternative to juicing, blending up your ingredients instead of separating the juice from the pulp drastically increases fiber content which helps slow digestion, keeping you fuller, longer! Sugar can also be cause for concern in many commercially made smoothies, which is all the more reason to make your own at home. Control the sugar content by using naturally sweet fruits like bananas, apples or cherries, which can disguise the unappealing taste of some of those healthy veggies we all struggle to get in, and eliminate the need for added sugars. Smoothies really are a quick, easy, and convenient way to pack a few extra servings of fruits and veggies into your busy life, and I think it's safe to say we could all use a little more of that. So if you are making healthier choices, or if amping up your fruit and veggie intake are among your goals, adding a green smoothie or two just might fit the bill.
 
This chocolate cherry smoothie recipe is a nice break from your typical green smoothie. We all get bored of the same flavours and textures, and sooner or later we all fall into a rut. So if we can make the yummy and convenient choice also the healthy choice, we won't feel deprived of the good stuff that we enjoy – like the taste of black forest cake - and it's when we don't feel deprived that we are able to maintain positive behaviour changes. It's all in the balance of moderation, 365 days a year.
 
The cocoa powder and cherries in this smoothie both have deep flavours and colours which a) mask the green colour, b) completely hide the taste of spinach, and c) makes this smoothie wonderfully decadent (mmm mmm good)! This black forest smoothie tastes like dessert, yet without the indulgence. Pair this smoothie with a source of protein for a complete and satisfying breakfast packed with fruits, veggies, and a healthy amount of fiber that will keep you going all the way until lunch time. I'm telling you, it's black magic.
 
Black Forest Smoothie
What you'll need:
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups raw baby spinach
  • 1 cup milk of your choice
  • 3 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. ground flax seed
You know what to do! Throw everything in the blender and process until you've reached your desired consistency.

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