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Tropical Green Ginger Smoothie

Tropical Green Ginger Smoothie

Before we begin, I gotta let you know I’m a Manitoba Harvest Hemp Ambassador. Read my full disclosure policy here

Remember when it was your parent’s harrowing worry you weren’t eating enough vegetables?

Well, I hate to break it to you, but all of a sudden you hit your 20s and it becomes your problem. And, it’s a tough problem to conquer when you’re living on your own for the first time or simply haven’t had time to go grocery shopping. It’s not unusual for our foods to be brown or focus more on fruits than vegetables. A day can start with oatmeal topped with berries, a tuna sandwich for lunch and then pasta with meat sauce for dinner. Even coffee is brown! This day seems healthy, but it’s carb-heavy and WHERE ARE YOUR VEGGIES?

Here’s my solution: When making a meal think vegetables first, protein second, fats third and starches last. This way, by the time you want to add brown rice or whole-grain bread to your dish, there might not be enough room on your plate or in your stomach. Filling up on leafy greens, colourful vegetables (The more variety, the better! Think beets, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms etc.), protein (Plant or vegetable) and fats (Hello, avocado and coconut oil/milk) will ensure you are eating to fuel your body and get those all-important veggies in.

Now, I know you’re saying, “But, Lauraaaa, I don’t have the time to do all this cooking.” Aha! I have a solution for you and you probably already make them: A GREEN SMOOTHIE. The key is to use a few different types of greens and adding in fats so you absorb the nutrients and get the maximum benefit from the greens.

I’ve been using Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts in my smoothies because they add both protein and fats. For every 30g (a little less than ¼ cup), hemp hearts contain 10g of protein and a combined 10g of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids aka healthy fats (Especially those omega-3’s!). Hemp hearts are also excellent sources of magnesium and iron. Seriously, if you don’t have a bag of them in your fridge…get one! You can put them on/in anything. Even my two-year-old niece likes them on top of her berries!

This green smoothie has a tropical twist because it’s SUMMER and why not! Tropical fruits are a great way to still make a green smoothie green while adding a touch of sweetness.

Tropical Green Ginger Smoothie

  • Handful of romaine lettuce
  • ½ cup chopped leafy greens (I use a frozen mix)
  • ¾ cup frozen peach, mango and pineapple slices
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup hemp hearts
  • ½ tsp. to 1 tsp. fresh ginger or just a shake or two of ground ginger (adjust to your taste)
  • water (to thin, if needed)

1)   Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth, adding water as necessary.

2)   Pour smoothie into a glass and top with dried coconut, hemp seeds and goji berries.

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