Scrumptious Smoothies!

Being a runner,  I love to refuel with a protein-rich, fruity smoothie.  Smoothies are a delicious way to boost your fruit and veggie intake all in one sweet confection!  Purchase your favorite frozen unsweetened fruits, of course, fresh produce works too, and Greek yogurt which has more than twice the amount of protein than traditional yogurt.  You may want to pick up some fresh mint if you want to try my Lemon and Pear Minty Smoothie recipe! Yum!

Note these recipes are not designed for low FODMAP diet.

The Lemon and Pear Minty Smoothie is particularly refreshing and a bit different than most of the smoothies I prepare at my home.  It’s a real palate cleanser with a fresh hint of mint.  All you need is a ripe pear, scoop of vanilla greek yogurt, lemon half and some mint leaves.  And ooh la la….

It even looks refreshing, right?

A medium pear provides 5 grams of fiber and 200 milligrams of potassium! It’s a rich source of soluble fiber, the fiber associated with lowering blood cholesterol.

This morning I decided to whip up a Pineapple-Blueberry smoothie too.   Pineapple is rich in bromelain known for it’s positive effect on digestion and inflammation.  Since I am training for a half marathon, I thought I could use a little bromelain for my aching muscles!

I used up some fresh pineapple for this smoothie, so added a bit of ice to make the smoothie thick and chilly.  But frozen pineapple works well too!

Another great start to my day!  Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe to share?

Lemon and Pear Minty Smoothie

Makes 1 serving!

Ingredients:

10 fresh mint leaves

1/2 fresh lemon, de-seeded, cut in small chunks (skin on)

1 ripe pear, core removed, cut in chunks (skin on)

1/3 cup non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt

1/2-1 cup ice and water to thin as needed for desired consistency

Directions:

Toss all ingredients in heavy duty blender.  Add as much water as necessary for thorough blending of ingredients.

Pineapple-Blueberry Smoothie

Makes 2 servings

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup chopped fresh or frozen pineapple

1/3 cup non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt

1 cup ice (if using fresh fruit)

Water to thin to desired consistency

Directions:

Toss all ingredients in heavy duty blender.  Add as much water as necessary for thorough blending of ingredients.