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“7 Fruits & Veggies a Day” Green Smoothie

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Are you including enough fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet? A recent survey in Australia revealed some startling realities - that more than 10 million Australian adults (44.5%) eat two or less fruits and veggies a day - well below the recommended Australian Dietary Guidelines. What is more alarming, is that the survey found that almost one million Australian adults (3.8%) have absolutely NO fruits or vegetables each day. Generation Y is four times more likely than Baby Boomers to eat no vegetables in a day. I am sure it is similar in America.

Spurred on by these findings, Vitamix Australia is leading the green smoothie movement in Oz with their 7@7 Go-for-Green Breakfast Challenge - inspiring Aussies to include the recommended daily intake of 7 fruit and vegetables in a breakfast green smoothie. The challenge started on June 5th, and top Australian celebrities like Sigourney Cantelo"Fast Ed" HalmagyiJanella Purcell, Pete JacobsTeresa Cutter, Kemi Nekvapil, and Sally Obermeder all sharing their favourite green smoothie recipes and healthy living tips in a fabulous free eBook available to anybody who signs up for the challenge. 

You can participate in this challenge at any time. It is a great reminder for anybody. Here is one of my super easy go-to green smoothie recipes that includes the RDA of fresh fruits and vegetables. I love the tropical flavours of the mango and pineapple, and love to boost the nutritional density of this smoothie with some hemp seeds, chia seeds, and flaxseeds (linseeds in Oz). 

So, take up the challenge, and see if you and your family can include 7 servings of fruits and vegetables for breakfast for 7 days! 

Learn more about 7@7 at Vitamix Australia
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“7 Fruits & Veggies a Day” Green Smoothie

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  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut water
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen mango
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
  • 1 orange peeled and seeded
  • 1 lime peeled
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 banana
  • 1 Tbsp goji berries or 1/2 cup mixed berries
  • 1 to 2 dates (optional) 
  • 1 Tbsp hemp seeds (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseeds (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)

Throw everything into your Vitamix, and blend until smooth and creamy.
Serves 2. 

Tip: select fresh spinach popeye would be proud of

The best tasting spinach has vibrant bright green leaves with crisp stems. This spinach also has the highest nutritional value. Purchase organic wherever possible. Avoid wilted leaves that have yellow discolouring, bruising, or a slimy coating. This spinach has passed its prime and should not be consumed.

This looks fabulous! I can’t wait to try it. My partner claims every recipe I’ve tried using kale (none from your site though,) tastes like Pepto-Bismol. LOL! I’m adding plenty of sweet fruits and no idea what I’m doing wrong, but they don’t taste right. Perhaps the combination of spinach and kale in this one will help! Thanks as always for all that you do!

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LOL! With kale, always start with 1/2 cup until you get the balance right and add from there. You need sweet fruits or lemon or lime juice to balance the bitterness in most blends. Enjoy :)

Nice information shared with us. I use to eat sweet fruits and vegetable on daily basis. I try to ignore wrong habits so that I can maintain my fitness.

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Oh, this is so good! You’ve gotten me hooked on the goji berries from Nativas. I hope they partner with you for a discount again sometime.

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Awesome. Goji berries are SO great. Yes! Another Navitas Naturals Giveaway is coming in March. 42 days of giveaways in the lead up to my book launch. I will be giving away 7 Navitas packs!

I think I meant Navitas.

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LOL! Oh, I used to do that ALL the time. They get it a lot! No worries :)

Great round up ! Those smoothies look good but I will not make them because I’m too lazy. However, I might try this summer after my garden starts producing vegetables. ;)

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I hope you can find the energy and make the effort. These recipes are loaded with nutrients and are an easy way to get your daily dose of fruits and veggies.

I am a big fan of fruit juice.
Normally I use carrots, cucumber, lemon, melon, mango, watermelon to make juice.
I have not tried your way, I’ll go a little further.

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What would be good alternatives for the orange and cucumber?

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You could omit the cucumber and use apple instead of orange.

87 carbs and 56g sugar! That is not healthy

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Tina - this is just a blend of fruits and vegetables. Yes, it contains carbs and sugar, but they are natural sources. I am not a number cruncher or counter. I look at the integrity of the ingredients. Everybody has a different view about nutrition. But, I think this blend satisfies my criteria for healthy.

Hi Tess - what are your thoughts about raw consumption of leafy greens? They have been said to contain goitrogrens that can aggravate hypothyroidism. What I’ve done is steamed any cruciferous vegetables for a few minutes before I throw them into my vitamix, as that apparently can mitigate potential toxins. Do you have an opinion on this potential issue? Thanks!

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