Good fats don’t make you fat
As most of you know I like to get my workouts in in the early am. It just sets my tone for the day. I wait to eat breakfast until after the kids go to school, my version of intermittent fasting. This green smoothie is the perfect punch post-workout when the body is primed and ready to accept nutrients.
Before we get into the recipe deets I thought I’d share my conversation with our R.D. I can’t be the only one wondering why the chia seeds?!?!
Omega 3 is an important good fat that help the body function, help keep the brain healthy, and can fight inflammation. There are many good sources of Omega-3s and some of the highest per serving are fish.
When talking omega-3s you probably also hear about omega-6s. What studies have shown is that the average American diet (kids and adults) provides adequate amounts of omega-6s. This is why focusing on foods with omega-3s is very important because they are essential nutrients and you are likely not getting enough of them. By consuming fish just 2 days per week you are meeting your omega-3 needs for the entire week.
Not everyone is a fish lover so there are several foods that actually have higher amounts of omega-3s but are not foods you either eat in larger quantities or eat on a regular basis. For example, flaxseed oil and flaxseeds have the highest concentrations but it is very unlikely you are going to sit down and eat a whole tablespoon of flaxseed oil at once. This is why we add these types of things into a meal plan to help inch up your overall intake. Other foods like walnuts and fortified eggs can also help boost your omega-3s if you aren’t eating seafood. As well as vegan spirulina.
Here’s the recipe:
1 cup spinach (fresh)
1 cup water (if freezing, add in blender)
½ cup pineapple
½ cup mango
1 banana (peeled)
1 Tbsp Chia seeds
Combine all ingredients in blender and puree until the desired consistency. Add more water if needed.
Calories 202; Carbs 51g; Fiber 8g; Sugar 33g; Protein 6g; Fat: <1g
Vegetarian: as written
Gluten free: as written