I’ve been on a green bender lately.
I’m actively trying to shed some pounds. With the tiny human nearing her second birthday, it’s time to say buh-bye to the baby weight. Now I recognize there are women who get their bodies back mere weeks after pushing a small child out of their nether regions, and while I’m not one of them, I applaud those ladies. More power to you.
For me, the newborn stage was the hardest. I was exhausted, in the throes of postpartum depression, and more concerned with basic survival than my love handles. I wasn’t mentally prepared to lose weight then, but I’m ready now.
My weight loss plan is simple: move more and eat all the green things, in addition to some sporadic sweets. (I highly recommend these peanut butter chocolate bites.) I’m upping my overall intake of whole foods; think grains, legumes, vegetables, fruit and water, unfortunately, not the caffeinated kind known as coffee though.
In order to be successful, my meals and snacks need to be easy to prepare, since cooking with a child requires a little bit of skill and lots of patience. A little screen time doesn’t hurt either. For the no television zealots, I say a nutritious meal is far more important than twenty minutes of Elmo.
With that being said, snacking doesn’t get any easier than this tropical kiwi smoothie. Translation: it takes mere minutes to make, so I don’t have to rely on Sesame Street for the assist. Also, there’s only four ingredients in this bad boy AND I didn’t even peel the kiwi. Two snaps and a twirl for simplicity with a side of laziness.
The skin is completely edible. Plus, it’s packed with vitamin C, and triples the amount of fiber you consume, and I love me some fiber.* Besides, you’d be hard pressed to taste the fuzzy peel once everything is blended together. Did I mention I turned the leftovers into popsicles for the tiny human? She loves fiber too.
In short, this tasty and tantalizing tropical green smoothie, made with kiwi and pineapple, will tickle your taste buds and make your mouth sing. It might even help you lose weight too. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself.
- 2 Kiwis, skin on, rinsed.
- 1 Banana
- 1/2 cup of frozen Pineapple
- 1/2 cup Almond Milk, original.
- Place all ingredients in a blender in the order listed and blend until smooth and creamy.*
- If it's too thick, add more milk. If it's too thin, add more pineapple.
What’s your opinion on screen time? What’s your go to easy snack or meal?