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Super Spinach Smoothie

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s equally important to eat healthy snacks regularly to keep your blood sugars balanced and your energy up throughout the day.

Smoothies are a great mid-morning snack. My kitchen is always stocked with nuts and seeds, fresh fruit, leafy greens, protein powder, and frozen bananas in the freezer. Any combination of those things will lead you on a path to a fiber and protein-rich tasty morning treat.

This smoothie includes some of my favorite nutrient powerhouses: spinach, strawberries, pears, and hemp seeds. You’ll love the fruity taste, and the spinach, which I assure you, you will not taste at all, will increase your iron, zinc, vitamins A,C and E AND make the smoothie the perfect shade of healthy vibrant green. Yum!

SUPER SPINACH SMOOTHIE
Serves 1

  • 12 raw almonds
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 cup spinach, packed
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • ½ a pear
  • 2 large strawberries
  • ½ scoop vegan protein powder
  • 2 cups water

Combine all of the ingredients in a high powered blender. Blend until the smoothie is smooth and frothy. Serve immediately.

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Chia Pudding

AHHHH I want pudding! Who doesn’t love pudding? Pudding is a crowd pleaser, and it brings out the kid in anyone. Unfortunately, most puddings are loaded with fat and sugar; both of which will drain you of energy and make your feel sluggish. Blah! No one loves that.

This chia pudding is delicious and creamy, but it doesn’t have any dairy, eggs, or processed sugar. That means this dessert is vegan, gluten-free, and good for you. Did I mention it’s the easiest pudding to make? If you can mix something in a bowl and put it in the fridge, then you’re all set for this recipe.

Serve the pudding in a martini glass, a mason jar,  or other fun cup or bowl, and top it with your favorite healthy toppings. Serve to your soon to be very happy family and friends.

Chia Pudding
Serves 2

  • 1 ¾ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • dollop of honey

In a bowl, add the almond milk, chia seeds, vanilla, and honey. Cover the bowl and let it sit in the fridge for 5 hours or overnight, stirring once.

Top with fresh berries and shaved coconut, or sliced banana and almonds, or even shaved dark chocolate with pomegranate seeds. The combinations are endless!

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