Hey Skinnies,
So I’m gearing up for the “true” start of my weight gain journey. Yeah, didn’t get started on it this week. Wasn’t prepared to start as soon as I thought, look for my next blog post on the importance of being “ready”. Listed below are ingredients used to achieve the sweet taste of my signature Tropical Green Smoothie. I also included a weight loss option for those interested in creating the same smoothie with fewer calories. If this is your first attempt to drink a green smoothie, no worries, this smoothie will make your palate jump for joy.  The fruit used were packaged frozen fruit from Whole Foods  ($3 a pack),but if you really want to take it a step further you can purchase fresh fruit and freeze it yourself.  It may be cheaper to purchased packaged frozen fruit if the ingredients are out of season.  Using frozen fruits and vegetables will provide the same amount of nutrients as fresh produce. HOWEVER buying fresh ALWAYS out do frozen produce but it’s perfectly fine to use both. Overall you get a decent serving of Vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, folate, Vitamin K, Vitamin A and more!

Weight Gain Recipe:
Ingredients
1-2 cups of Baby Spinach- 7-14 calories
1 ½  cups Hazelnut  Milk– 165 calories
5 Medium size Strawberries – 20 calories
1 cup of Pineapple Chunks – 82 calories
3-4  Mango Chunks – 60 calories
1/3 cup of Vanilla Flavor Weight Gainer–appx. 500 calories
½ cup of Ice
Total: 834 calories
Weight Loss Option
Ingredients
1-2 cups of Baby Spinach- 7-14 calories
1 ½  cups Almond or Coconut  Milk – 135 calories or less
5 Medium size Strawberries – 20 calories
½  cup of Pineapple Chunks -41 calories
3-4  Mango Chunks – 60 calories
¼ cup Vanilla Flavor Vegan Protein Powder = 100 calories or less
½ cup of Ice
Total: 343 calories or less

Directions
  1. Using a blender or Nutribullet, add your leafy greens first.  If using Nutribullet, you need to push further down to fit fruits and powder.
  2. Add your fruits.
  3. Add your choice of milk.
  4. Add your powder of choice. (Protein or Weight Gainer)
  5. Add Ice
  6. Blend.



Here are some healthy facts about the ingredients in your Tropical Green Smoothie.
Baby Spinach-  Rich in Magnesium, Potassium, and Iron which is essential in carrying the oxygen to the bloodstream and promote a healthy immune system. 2 cups of Baby Spinach meets 25% of Vitamin C and 400% of Vitamin K. Spinach is also high in Vitamin A and folate, which supports healthy eyesight and reproductive system for women.
Strawberries – Rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants. Vitamin C can be useful in building strong immunity and fighting cancer cells. Antioxidants are useful in reducing inflammation and slowing down aging process.
Pineapples– This fruit is filled with Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Manganese, and Fiber. Vitamin B helps the body in metabolizing fats and protein. Manganese is useful in regulated blood sugar in the body.
Mangos – This fruit number is high in calories which means it should be a staple fruit (while in season) for in skinny girl looking for weight gain. Mangos are filled with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium and Fiber. Improves Digestion, great for clearing skin, protect eyes, and fights cancer.
Hope you enjoy your Tropical Green Smoothie. Be sure to tweet me or tag my facebook fan pagewith a picture of your final product. I would love to hear how it worked out for you.
Until next time… Love God. Love Yourself. Love Family.

Author: Makeda

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