Pineapple-Citrus Green Smoothie

Hello Fit Fathers and family. Please try this nutrient-packed Pineapple-Citrus Green Smoothie from www.TheCheeseTrap.org.

Makes 2 large smoothies

 2 cups (loosely packed) baby spinach (see Note)

1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple cubes or chunks

1/2 cup thickly sliced cucumber

1 large lemon or small orange, peeled

1 to 1 1/2 cups sliced overripe banana (frozen or fresh)

1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups water (or more to thin as desired)

Optional Add-Ins

Couple tablespoons of a vanilla plant-based protein powder

2 to 3 teaspoons pure maple syrup or a pinch of stevia, to sweeten (if desired, see Banana Note)

1 to 2 tablespoons hemp seeds

Combine the spinach, pineapple, cucumber, lemon, 1 cup banana, and 1 1/4 cups water in a blender, along with any optional add-ins. Puree until very smooth, adding more water as needed to puree. Taste, and if you’d like it sweeter, add the extra banana.

Spinach Note: Kale or collard greens can easily be substituted for the spinach, though they have a much stronger flavor than spinach. If you are new to green smoothies, start with just a cup of kale or collards, and then adjust to taste as you go.

Banana Note: Definitely opt for overripe (freckled) bananas. Not only are they more digestible, they also offer a great deal of natural sweetness. If the bananas aren’t particularly overripe, you may want to add a touch of maple syrup to sweeten (as per the optional add-ins).

Per serving: 152 calories, 3 g protein, 39 g carbohydrate, 23 g sugar, 1 g total fat, 4% calories from fat, 6 g fiber, 33 mg sodium