Here are three smoothies I had this week with all kinds of notes about them. They are intended to be meals in and of themselves, and not just snacks (although the second one down could be just a snack...). All servings are for one, but like I said, you can easily split all of these into two separate servings throughout the day.
Blood Orange and Red Grape Smoothie
2 blood oranges
1 cup red grapes
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup water
5 romaine lettuce leaves
- Any oranges will do, but I love the color of blood oranges. Plus, I thought they might be a nice complement to the red grapes. Now some say that blood oranges have a little more vitamin C than regular oranges... and I can get behind that.
- Do go with red grapes, as we're trying to go with all the good stuff here.
- As for the seeds, any seed will do: chia, flax, sesame, hemp. Omega-3 is what we're trying to hit here. Even The Chicago Tribune has something to say about seeds.
- Any handful of greens will also do; I wanted something tame, as this was the first food in my system on a Thursday morning, but romaine is actually pretty darn nutritious.
Total Fat: 11 grams (Saturated Fat 1.2)
Sodium: 12 mg
Carbohydrates: 85.2 grams (Fiber 21.5)
Protein 10.9 grams
Vitamin A: 22%
Vitamin C: 342%
Super Green Smoothie
1¼ cups chopped kale leaves
2/3 mango, cubed
2 medium ribs celery, chopped
1 cup water
1 cup ice cubes
¼ cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
pinch of salt