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Breakfast – A Healthy Smoothie

Most mornings I make a smoothie for us. It’s clearly helping to lose weight and it’s delicious as well. I like my smoothies to resemble slushies – icy and thick. Adjust the ice to fit your own preference.

Ingredients
2 bananas
Orange juice
Wellesse liquid Glucosamine
Ground flaxseed*
Blueberries
1/3 package frozen chopped spinach
Ice

Preparation
Place the bananas, orange juice, glucasomine, and blueberries in the blender. Blend throughly, then – with the blender still running – slowly add the ground flaxseed. Add the spinach and blend completely. Add ice until the desired texture is obtained. I add ice until the blender can’t handle it anymore.

To be honest, it doesn’t look that pretty after the spinach has been added, but the spinach taste doesn’t intrude at all. You can leave out the spinach, but the smoothie will definitely be less healthy.

You younger folks won’t need the glucosamine, but I definitely do. My joints need the lubrication.

* I grind the flaxseed in my (carefully cleaned) coffee grinder just before it goes into the blender. Flaxseed is commonly used to improve digestive health. Both flaxseed and flaxseed oil have been used to help reduce total blood cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol levels and, as a result, may help reduce the risk of heart disease. The flaxseed must be ground, not used whole. Although flaxseed oil also contains omega-3 fatty acids, it doesn’t have the beneficial fiber that the seeds have. See the full article at the Mayo Clinic