Day 4 – Pina Green-Gio

Here’s a few of the quotes I am getting from you…

“I am getting addicted – I don’t need to think about breakfast anymore as it’s delivered to my desk :)”

“Happy happy a new way back into healthy eating.”

“Getting addicted….”

A lot of you have also shared snippits of your conversations together on the flavour of the day, how drinking the smoothies makes you feel, how weird it all is :), etc.  Love it all, and keep the comments coming!

All of this is what puts a smile on my face keeps me going when I drag myself (and my husband) out of bed at 5am to start blending!  If nothing else, hopefully this starts a discourse about green eating and healthy living.  We are all so busy and sometimes this just doesn’t make the priority list!  It’s so much easier though when there’s a supportive community around you and you feel like you can talk about it and share experiences.  Who knows maybe there’s a green smoothie drinking community that will be born…!

Day 4 Smoothie Concoction -Pina Green-Gio (thank you CHRIS CHAN for the name!).  My husband Nick and I were arguing about the recipe (I had envisioned a nectarine/ apricot/ apple concoction, while he insisted on pineapple) and after a few trials, he won hands down.  Nectarine (so gorgeous and juicy right now!) Pineapple (sooo sweet)  & Banana, mixed with your greens.  Amazing!  Kind of like tropical green candy. Mmm.

Here’s what’s inside – always whole, fresh ingredients from the local Genevois farmers markets.  Starting with the fruits this time:

  • Pineapple. One of our fave tropical fruits (after banana!) Pineapples are super high Vitamin C, an anti-oxident and anti-inflammatory that also supports the immune system.  They’re also rich in Manganese and Thiamin (Vitamin B1), used for Energy production.  Another good source for fiber too!
  • Nectarines. The perfect season for the yellow variety.  Another great source of anti-oxident vitamin C (aids in iron absorption as well), as well as a good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Niacin and Potassium.
  • Bananas: These are in most of the smoothies we make, as they provide a creamy texture, delicious taste and really fill you up. Bananas are also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin B6.
  • Baby Spinach: The main leafy green in your drink this week, spinach is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet!  Spinach is a good source of Niacin and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, Manganese and Carotenoids.
  • Romaine lettuce: Another amazing green we can’t get enough of, a staple in your smoothies this week.  Romaine lettuce is a good source of Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Folate, Iron, Potassium and Manganese.
  • APPLE *(edit) – We found when we were making the smoothies this morning they needed a tad more sweetness, so we threw some apples in there.  Can’t go wrong with apples! 🙂 Apple are a good source of fiber, and what’s more, the fiber combines with other apple nutrients to provide you even more health benefits like prevention of heart disease through regulation of blood fat levels.   Also, the phytonutrients in apples can help you regulate your blood sugar. Click here for the complete nutritional low-down.

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Have a taste and post your flavour name ideas in the comments!  Looking forward to hearing your reactions…Enjoy!