You guys, I made my first smoothie! I know that might sound silly, but it was a big achievement for me. I understand that blending things together in a Vitamix is not rocket science but that was never the issue for me. It’s been the grocery shopping that always caused the problem…For those of you that live in New York, do you find grocery shopping difficult at times? Actually, let me clarify, the act of grocery shopping isn’t so bad – hello Fresh Direct delivery. It’s that delicate dance of purchasing the right amount of fruits and veggies so that nothing goes to waste.
But instead of trekking to the store or farmers’ market to get produce, I’ve been buying smoothies at $9 a pop at Juice Generation, which adds up quickly. So after purchasing my Vitamix, I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands and start making them at home.
Enter, Greenblender! I signed up for the Fresh Start plan, which is $49 a box and gets delivered every Monday with pre-portioned ingredients for five different smoothie recipes, two servings each. It makes getting my greens so much easier plus I get to try out new ingredients like Amla or Maqui berries without breaking the bank or sending myself on a wild goose trying to find them.
I also love that they source their ingredients from farmers (Brooklyn Grange, Gotham Greens, Lancaster Farms) and green markets, as well as purveyors to make sure that the produce is organic, local and seasonal whenever possible. Below is all the information that I gathered directly off the site so you can learn more about the smoothie I made and it’s health benefits!
1 1/2 oz collard greens | 1 banana – peeled | 1 orange – peeled | 4 oz pineapple | 2 tbsp shredded coconut | 1 tsp amla berry | 1 cup water | 1 cup ice
About the Orange Amla Colada Smoothie:
Packed with immune-boosting goodness, one small amla fruit has as much vitamin C as two oranges. Amla may also reduce heart disease and cholesterol, and has a ton of vitamin A, which is essential for collagen production. Get your skin and body glowing with even more vitamin C from pineapple and orange, as well as potassium from banana. Collard greens are also full of vitamin A (wrinkles be gone!), as well as fiber, iron and a few grams of protein. Top off this beautifying smoothie with healthy fat, copper and manganese from shredded coconut, and you’ll be positively radiant after drinking.
147 calories, 2.2g fat, 33g carbs, 5.7g fiber, 21g sugar, 2.4g protein per 12-ounce serving. Yields 2 servings)
Low Calorie, Glow, Immune Boosting
Above is a photo I took yesterday right after pouring my second serving of the Orange Alma Colada smoothie I made. I was so excited about the finished product that I completely forgot to document the process for you guys, let alone take any photos of the ingredients, but don’t worry because there are still four more recipes to blend up, which I plan on sharing on Instagram and Snapchat (find me at @mystylepill).