A: In general, yes, if we are talking green from leafy greens like spinach or kale! Smoothies make a great snack or addition to meals to boost overall fruit and vegetable intake.
Including leafy greens in your smoothies is a great way to deliver important nutrients that most everyone can use more of including: iron, vitamin C, beta carotene, and vitamin A. Plus leafy greens deliver lutein and zeaxanthin, which help protect the eyes.
Try adding 1 cup of leafy greens to your favorite smoothie for a greens boost or try the Green Pineapple Chia smoothie before, which also delivers proboitics from the kefir.
Green Pineapple Chia
½ cup unsweetened light almond milk
2 teaspoons chia seeds
½ cup plain kefir
1 cup cubed pineapple, fresh or frozen
1 cup baby spinach
1 - 2 teaspoons honey (optional)
1. Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve.
Nutrition Facts (per serving): 170 calories, 3 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 170 milligrams sodium, 30 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fiber, 23 grams sugar, 8 grams protein, 60% vitamin A, 30% calcium, 110% vitamin C, 10% iron
For more smoothie ideas, check out Drink Your Way to Gut Health by Molly Morgan, RD, CDN, CSSD