Pink Lemonade Smoothie - is it summer yet?

Yesterday, I watched the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” about two very overweight men who resolved themselves to a fairly dramatic 60-day juice fast in order to take charge of their own health and, ultimately, their lives. I had several bones to pick with the documentary – it fell victim to what many health documentaries do, and that’s oversimplification of a lot of complex processes involved in metabolism – but overall, it was an inspiring film and the two men did take a lot of precautions with their fast. They were careful, and at the end of the fast adopted a very healthy diet.

Although I don’t 100% buy into these detox diets and fasting fads – our bodies, believe it or not, do not need a “break” from digestion, and are perfectly capable of detoxing themselves – I do, myself, enjoy a good nutrient-rich drink now and then to supplement “food.” Since I don’t own a juicer, this means that I gravitate toward smoothies. What’s even better about smoothies compared to juicing (in my humble, unbiased opinion) is that you can get even more nutrients in your glass – fiber, healthy fats, and vegetable protein in particular. 

Watching the film did remind me how much I enjoy starting my day off now and then with a good power smoothie, so I thought I would share one of my latest creations with you. It may not be a mean, green, clean-eating machine, but it is nutritious and delicious, which is just as exciting of rhyme if you ask me. This Pink Lemonade Smoothie relies on lemon-flavored greek yogurt and “freshly frozen” strawberries (fresh strawberries that I washed, halved and froze myself), and gets an extra boost from some ground flax meal. I thinned it out with a little unsweetened almond milk, and resisted the temptation to throw in a handful of spinach for fear of losing the iconic pink color that I knew it needed. It’s very sweet and refreshing – a great option for the warmer months, and an even healthier alternative to standard pink lemonade!

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Pink Lemonade Smoothie
Yield: 1 serving

The Ingredients
6 ounces lemon Chobani
½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup frozen strawberry halves
1-2 tablespoons ground flax meal

The Method
Stick it all in a blender, puree until smooth, and march on with your busy day, power smoothie in tow!

So what do you think of all of these juice fasts? Have you ever done one or known anyone who has? I’d love to know what other people think!

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