BY KAROLIN SAWERES @MYNUTRITIONANDME.COM

Smoothies are a great way to get your daily allowance of fruits and vegetables. You can create individual serving smoothie bags and freeze them for convenience.

Thicker smoothies make you feel fuller. Include ingredients such as chia seeds, flaxseeds, ice, frozen yogurt, oats, wheat bran, wheat germ, or frozen fruits to thicken smoothies.

Your smoothie can be sweet without adding all the sugar....just use ripe fruits to give you the most bang for your buck. Vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg will add sweetness without adding calories. You may also use sugar substitutes, honey or maple syrup in small quantities.

If you want to use your smoothie as a meal replacement for breakfast, make sure to add protein. You can use milk, Greek yogurt, kefir, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, tofu, chickpeas, white beans, or protein powders as protein sources

Ingredients:

I frozen banana

2 cups baby spinach

1/4 cup almond milk

1/3 cup orange juice

1 tablespoon flaxseed meal

Directions:

Place the banana, spinach, and flaxseed meal into blender. Pour the almond milk and orange juice. Cover and blend until smooth. Serve & enjoy!