Around 3:00 I get the hunger pains. Maybe it’s boredom (not that I don’t have anything to do) or maybe it’s just needing a change of pace. What I don’t need, however, is a the box of candy or bag of chips I’m craving. So, I try to be proactive. I set myself up with healthier snacks around the house and in the freezer and try to make a smoothie before I’m so hungry my children start looking like tasty snacks.
(No. Not really. Are you paying attention? I don’t think they would taste good anyways!)
But here’s the thing, I don’t like bananas. I really, really want to because I know they are good for me, but if you put one piece of a banana in a smoothie, it’s the only thing I taste. And so, 18 smoothies with zero banana!
My favorite smoothie lately has frozen berries, mango, spinach and pumpkin. Pumpkin is a superfood and I had some in the freezer from Halloween. I was sent some samples, so I’ve been mixing my smoothies with Juice Plus+ Complete powder because it adds so many nutrients that I’m not the best at getting every day! It has 14g of protein, 8g of fiber and is dairy-free, gluten-free, and is 100% natural, plant-based. I’m a fan of the vanilla, but it comes in chocolate, too. I just add a half scoop to my smoothie (not shown is the almond milk I add, about a cup), blend it up in my Nutri-Ninja IQ and I’ve got a much healthier snack for me than a bag of chips! It’s also great for a “on-the-go” breakfast, pre-exercise energy drink, or post-workout recovery drink.
Any of these smoothies make for a great snack or even meal replacement with a ton of protein and fiber added via Juice Plus+.
Mango Berry Pumpkin Spinach Smoothie
- 1/2 c frozen or fresh mango
- 1/2 c frozen berries
- handful spinach
- 1/4 c pumpkin puree
- 1-2 cups almond milk or soy, skim, coconut, etc
- Place frozen fruit in blender.
- Add spinach and pumpkin puree.
- Pour milk over the top and blend until smooth.
Thank you to Juice Plus+ for sending the samples. We’ve been enjoying them. All thoughts are my own.