The upper Midwest had a fluke winter warm up this past weekend for a bit of spring/summer tease.
However, typically this is the time of year where we are starving for a little “paradise”. Therefore, it could be the perfect time to get creative in the kitchen.
Frozen fruit can be a great way to leverage powerful phytonutrients into the diet, particularly across times of the year where seasonable options are not available fresh. A key to healthful smoothies is balance.
I have found that tropical fruit combos, although sweet, can be used in moderation to balance greens such as spinach or super green based blends.
Including options such as chia or hemp seeds and a spoonful of coconut butter, avocado, or nut butter will add compounds such as omega 3 and healthful fats.
A combination that I find most appealing is as follows:
- 1 bag of organic tropical frozen fruit blend, 16 oz (typically this includes pineapple, banana, strawberries, and mango)
- 2 handfuls of raw spinach (often available through hoop house suppliers in winter)
- 1 spoonful raw greens powder
- Approx. 1-2 tbsp coconut butter
- Approx. 1 tsp chia seeds
- Approx. 2 tsp cinnamon
- If desired, a splash of well-sourced nut milk (liquid from the fruit may be sufficient or water can be used)
Blend to desired consistency.
***NOTE: The above recipe may not be suitable for all dietary plans particularly those considerate of food combining.
Ashley L Arnold, MBA, MPH is a lifestyle health educator and coach who supports clients to channel authority over their health, well-being, and overall vitality. Offering health education approaches and 1-on-1 coaching modules, she gets them out of excess weeds of information and inconsistent practices that don’t get desired results. Through helping people focus on the right applications paired with appropriate consideration for bio-individual facets, they become stronger, more confident self-advocates for their health. Bottom line, they will surpass challenges, embrace healthful living with ease, and, best of all, feel a greater sense of empowerment and more energy!