Natalia Alonso – Morning Smoothie

DLNatalia_Smoothie_MAINEven before I got pregnant, I was a proponent of the morning smoothie. Now that I am “with child” I find I cannot start my day without the powerful nutrient blast it provides.

I do not own a juicer, which is a great tool to press fruits and veggies without having to add anything else. They tend to be quite expensive and take up a lot of space in a small apartment, so I choose to use a Bullet, which is a good substitute when wanting to make fresh juice.

In a cup you can blend (as well as drink out of) all the fruit and vegetable combinations you can imagine. My daily morning smoothie doesn’t vary much. In general I use ½ a banana, 1 kiwi, berries (any type you like), and a leafy green such as spinach or kale. I also add a serving of flax or chia seeds, which are both super foods. To help liquefy the solids, I use either orange or apple juice. You can also use milk if you’d like to add some extra calcium or water if you want to stay lactose free and lower the sugar content of the smoothie.

Voila! In a couple of pulses you can have a healthful serving of vitamins, potassium, fiber, anti-oxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Not to mention it is totally delicious!

All these nutrients were a great start to my day when I was rehearsing and performing, but now seem even more important when I think about living a long and healthy life to care for my son.

My Personal Smoothie Recipe:

  • ½ a banana
  • 1 kiwi
  • mixed berries
  • spinach or kale
  • 1 serving of flax or chia seeds
  • fruit juice or milk

TIP: add the juice or milk a splash at a time until your smoothie consistency is just the way you like it.

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