I've always been curious how many vegetables and fruit should I be eating everyday. I found that the CDC has a great fruit and vegetable serving calculator on their website. You type in your age, gender, and activity level... then it spits out your daily recommendation. For me, it recommended 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables. So, I thought, wouldn't it be great if I could put it into one meal! Then whatever other fruits and vegetables I have, will be icing on the cake! That's how, I came up with this green smoothie recipe. I split this smoothie up into two, and I drank one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Now, its green... but refreshing... might swap banana for an apple next time around.
Daily Fruit & Vegetables in One
Makes 2 small adult smoothies, or 1 big adult smoothie
12 baby carrots (counts as 1 Veg serving)
1 1/2 c baby spinach, packed ( counts as 1.5 Veg serving)
1 stalk celery, cut (counts as 1/2 veg serving)
1/2 cucumber, cut (counts as 1/2 veg serving)
1 c water
1 banana (counts as 1 fruit serving)
1 c pineapple chunks, frozen (counts as 1 fruit serving)
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
Add Carrots, Spinach, celery, cucumber, and water to blender, and liquefy. Then add flaxseed, banana, and pineapple, and blend until desired consistency. Pour and enjoy!!