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Pineapple-Citrus Green Smoothie

2 servings

Source: Dr. Neal Barnard’s Cookbook for Reversing Diabetes by Neal Barnard, M.D.; recipes by Dreena Burton

About the Recipe

152 Calories · 3 g Protein · 6 g Fiber
Smoothie
Gluten-free · Nut-free

If using a plant-based protein powder, be sure to pick one that is gluten and/or nut free.

Ingredients

Makes 2 Servings


  • baby spinach, loosely packed, see note (2 cups)
  • frozen pineapple cubes or chunks (1 1/2 cups)
  • cucumber, thickly sliced (1/2 cup)
  • large lemon or small orange, peeled (1)
  • overripe banana, frozen or fresh, sliced (1 cup)
  • water (1 1/4 cups, or more to thin as desired)
  • vanilla plant-based protein powder, optional (couple tbsp.)
  • pure maple syrup or a pinch of stevia, to sweeten, if desired, see banana note (2 tsp.)
  • hemp seeds, optional (1 tbsp.)

Directions

  1. 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.



  2. 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.



  3. Banana Note: Use 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).



Nutrition Facts

Per serving

Calories: 152
Protein: 3 g
Carbohydrate: 39 g
Sugar: 23 g
Total Fat: 1 g
     Calories from Fat: 4%
Fiber: 6 g
Sodium: 33 mg

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