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Celebrate National Salad Month with Energizing Breakfast Smoothies

Written on May 5, 2014 at 4:30 pm , by

By Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D.

May is National Salad Month, so there’s no better time to bust out the salad bowl. But ditch the boring garden varieties and try some new and exciting ways to eat your salad—on nachos, blended into pesto or even as a smoothie. We’ve got some creative and delicious ideas for you to try!

With the help of DOLE Salads and in honor of National Salad Month, I am going to do a weekly salad post on The Fit Stop. Each Monday in May, I’ll give you simple salad recipes loaded with flavor and energizing nutrients. On the final Monday of the month, I’ll pull all the recipes together into an easy 5-day meal plan, complete with a shopping list.

Week 1 kicks things off with five energizing breakfast smoothies. Each recipe serves 1 (16 ounces).


Power Up Green Smoothie 

Calories: 310

  • 1.5 cups DOLE Power Up Greens Baby Kale (or other Power Up Greens blend)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1.5 Tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 small banana, chopped
  • 5 green grapes
  • 5 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and puree thoroughly until smooth.

Nutrition Info (1 smoothie): 310 calories, 17g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 260mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate, 8g fiber, 18g sugar, 9g protein, vitamin A 45%, vitamin C 35%, calcium 45%, iron 10%

 


Carrot Clementine Bliss

Calories: 290

  • 1.5 cups DOLE Butter Bliss lettuce
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1.5 Tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 2 clementines, peeled
  • 5 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and puree thoroughly until smooth.

Nutrition Info (1 smoothie): 290 calories, 17g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 290mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate, 9g fiber, 19g sugar, 9g protein, vitamin A 220%, vitamin C 130%, calcium 35%, iron 8%

 

Green Gingerade 

Calories: 310

  • 1.5 cups DOLE Baby Spinach
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 25 green grapes (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 5 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and puree thoroughly until smooth.

Nutrition Info (1 smoothie): 310 calories, 12g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 32g sugar, 8g protein, vitamin A 25%, vitamin C 30%, calcium 10%, iron 20%

 


Red Berry Super Smoothie

Calories: 290

  • 1.5 cups DOLE Hearts of Romaine
  • 1.5 cups chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seed

Place all ingredients (except chia seed) in blender and puree thoroughly until smooth. Stir in chia seeds.

Nutrition Info (1 smoothie): 290 calories, 9g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate, 13g fiber, 24g sugar, 16g protein, vitamin A 100%, vitamin C 270%, calcium 30%, iron 20%

 


Green Tea Boost 

Calories: 310

  • 1.5 cups DOLE Power Up Greens Baby Kale & Green (or other Power Up Greens blend)
  • 1 cup strong brewed green tea
  • 1 pear, chopped
  • 1/2 green apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 5 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in blender and puree thoroughly until smooth.

Nutrition Info (1 smoothie): 310 calories, 13g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 35mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate, 8g fiber, 27g sugar, 8g protein, vitamin A 35%, vitamin C 25%, calcium 30%, iron 15%

Check back next Monday for on-the-go lunches!

More from FITNESS: 

Satisfying Salad Recipes

It’s Easy to Be Green: Healthy Recipes for Green Smoothies 

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