RECIPE: Blueberry, Banana and Spinach Smoothie

BLueBerry SPinach and banana

You tired of smoothie recipes yet?

“Not even close, BUD!” (Read it like Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club)

I’m telling you: GREENS. They’re the most nutritionally dense food out there. They help heal your cells! So eat ’em! Every meal.

A spinach smoothie is the easiest way to get you and your family to “uh, get your green on” (read like Missy Elliot “Get your freak on”).

So, “Do it” (Read it like Ben Stiller in Starsky & Hutch)

When Bananas start to threaten ‘rot-age’, peel them, but keep them wrapped in their skins, and throw them in the freezer.  Then  pop a frozen banana (skinless) in to your smoothie, instead of ice to make it cold. Bananas are a healthier way to sweeten your smoothie, because they have 12% of your daily fiber, and tons of vitamin B6 and manganese. Yes they have potassium too, but not as much potassium as….wait for it….can you guess…GREENS!

In a vitamix or blender of choice combine the following INGREDIENTS:

1 frozen banana (1/2 a ‘nanner if you’re not so sweet)

1/4-1/2 frozen or fresh organic blueberries

1 cup organic spinach

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 cup filtered water

4 dashes of cinnamon

1 tsp maca powder (optional)

Enjoy! and don’t forget to share! with kids and babies and neighbors, officemates, an all!

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

2 thoughts on “RECIPE: Blueberry, Banana and Spinach Smoothie

  1. I only use 1/8 blueberry. (Wink. 🙂 ) And I absolutely share with my baby. She loves it! She runs over when she hears the blender going. It’s SO cute! Love the introduction here! Can hear all the voices!

    1. Good point, to make the blueberries last a little longer!
      Love picturing your little one scoot towards the blender!
      We used to say “loud noise….shzzzuuurrrr” before starting ours, so as not to alarm her, now she smiles a the blender’s whirl!

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