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Everyday Green Smoothie Formula



Here at PIP we hope to support you in creating healthy habits that stick. It’s easy to get caught up in shiny resolutions and grand health goals for the new year, but the reality is we often put so much pressure on ourselves to stick to rigid goals that they backfire by February. Instead of all-or-nothing, black-and-white resolutions, why not consider focusing on developing one new habit each month? Commit to one new habit for 30 days at a time, like drinking 80 ounces of water everyday, meditating for 10 minutes each morning or writing in a gratitude journal every night before bed. You may find this new habit continues beyond those 30 days, and by the end of the year you’ll have developed 12 habits that support your overall health and well-being.



If eating more fresh fruits and vegetables everyday is a habit you’d like to commit to this year, we’ve got you covered! We can all benefit from eating more, especially vegetables like dark leafy greens which are loaded with nutrients like vitamins A, K and folate, minerals like iron, calcium and potassium and many beneficial antioxidants. One simple way to incorporate more of these vegetables into our day is at breakfast. In addition to including them in egg scrambles and savory breakfast grain bowls, whir them up with fruit for a simple and satisfying smoothie. Smoothies are family-friendly, totally customizable and can even be prepped ahead of time for busy mornings.


We’re sharing a go-to green smoothie formula that works with whatever greens and fruits you may receive in your produce or smoothie box. It serves one but can easily be doubled. Instructions for how to prep it ahead are included below!



Everyday Green Smoothie Formula


Active time: 5 Min.

Total time: 5 Min.

Servings: 1 (can easily be doubled)


Ingredients:

½-1 cup milk or non-dairy beverage of choice

1 cup packed Perfectly Imperfect greens like kale, swiss chard or spinach

1 ½ cups assorted chopped Perfectly Imperfect fruits like berries, banana, pineapple, mango, oranges, apples and pears*


*Adding at least one chilled or frozen fruit tastes best.


Optional add-ins:

Yogurt or coconut cream

Protein powder/collagen peptides

Avocado

Nut butter

Chia, flax or hemp seeds

Cacao powder/cacao nibs

Coffee granules

Spices like cinnamon or turmeric



Directions:

Start by adding ½ cup milk or non-dairy beverage to the blender followed by the greens. Top with fruit, adding any frozen fruit last. Blend until completely smooth. Blend in any other add-ins you like, with more milk if needed. Enjoy immediately.



To prep smoothies ahead, combine greens and fruit in a jar and refrigerate up to 2 days. Or, pack greens and fruit into quart-size freezer bags (fruit on the bottom) and freeze up to 3 months.



How are you using this week's nutrient-packed produce to help you feel your best? We'd love to see! Be sure to snap a pic, post and tag us @perfectlyimperfectproduce so we can share your creations to inspire others. Happy New Year, PIP family!


By Carolyn Hodges, MS, RDN, LD

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