It's a rare day when a pic of some sort of green drink doesn't show up in my Instagram feedâand for good reason. Green smoothies are the perfect way to slip in veggies before noon. Here's my version, with a boost of pea protein powder to rev your metabolism and keep you feeling full longer.
1 small very ripe green Anjou pear
2 Tbsp. minced green bell pepper
1/4 cup minced peeled cucumber
1 cup loose baby spinach leaves
1/4 ripe Hass avocado
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 scoop plain, unsweetened pea protein powder (about 1/4 cup)
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger root
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
Toss all ingredients in a blender, whip until smooth and pour in a glass. (Note: TheÂ smoothie is even better when it has been chilled in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes.)
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Cynthia SassÂ is a nutritionist and registered dietitian with masterâs degrees in both nutrition science and public health. Frequently seen onÂ national TV, sheâs Healthâs contributing nutrition editor, and privately counselsÂ clientsÂ in New York, Los Angeles, and long distance. Cynthia is currently the sports nutrition consultant to the New York Yankees, previously consulted for three other professional sports teams, and is board certified as a specialist in sports dietetics. Cynthia is a three-time New York Times best-selling author, and her brand new book is Slim Down Now: Shed Pounds and Inches with Real Food, Real Fast. Connect with her onÂ Facebook,Â TwitterÂ andÂ Pinterest.