Spinach Berry Smoothie!! A refreshing spinach smoothie with bananas, mangos, almond butter and Next Step AppeFIT Mixed Berry Powder! You’ve got to try this!
I have never been one of those people who could eat whatever they want and still stay fit. Not even when I was younger and my metabolism was supposedly better. As a kid, I really wasn’t active enough. I didn’t exercise much and when you do that, and eat as much as I did, you know what the outcome is. When I finally starting exercising and running and burning calories, it was amazing how I started to understand how my body works.
And it’s not about weight. It’s about feeling good in your skin, being active and being happy.
For me, I have to pay attention to my diet (what I eat and drink), regular exercise, drinking lots of water, trying to get enough sleep and making smarter choices overall.
Some weeks I am on top of everything and have energy bites ready to go in the fridge, fruits and veggies washed, cut, prepped and ready to go for dinner and I only need one cup of coffee in the morning. Other weeks, it’s the complete opposite and I find myself munching on m&m’s and craving Cheetos and we order pizza for dinner. No one is perfect.
But it’s funny, ever since I started my green smoothie every morning back in January of this year (and yes, I’m still going), I realized that the days when I didn’t have any greens in the fridge (and skipped my smoothie and had eggs instead), were the days where I got a little off track and needed that second (or third) cup of coffee.
I’m also a crazy snacker. I graze on little things all day long, which is ok if you’re reaching for carrots and almonds and stuff like that, but when I don’t have those things around, or in the fridge, snacking isn’t the best thing for me.
I recently teamed up with The Vitamin Shoppe and tried their Next Step AppeFIT Mixed Berry Powder.
AppeFIT is not meant to replace meals, it’s all-natural and is a great addition to a regular smoothie with fruit, greens and protein. It can help those looking to maintain a healthy diet keep that full feeling in between meals and avoid extra snacking. Derived from an all-natural spinach extract known as Appethyl*, the benefits of AppeFIT include: 5-hour fullness that reduces hunger and cravings and supports your willpower to maintain a healthy diet!
I loved the taste of this new addition to my smoothie! The Mixed Berry gives you that fabulous berry flavor without turning my green spinach smoothie into a weird brown or dark gray color. I’m not sure that it kept me full for 5 hours but I was not hungry an hour after I had my smoothie, which is usually the case.
*Appethyl is a patented supplement that focuses on decreasing appetite through the use of Thylakoids. Green plants contain Thylakoids, in Appethyl’s case this is in the form of spinach extract. Thylakoids have been documented to delay fat digestion, which in turn will increase the amount of satiation hormones in our body. Along with increasing our fullness hormones, the spinach extract used in Appethyl has also been seen to suppress ghrelin (the hunger hormone).
Proven effective with a study conducted by Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Appethyl helps to slow fat digestion, in turn increasing the body’s production of hormones that lead to a satisfied feeling.
Spinach Berry Smoothie
- 2 to 3 cups fresh spinach leaves
- 1 to ½ cups water
- 2 frozen bananas; broken into pieces
- 1 heaping cup frozen mangos
- 1 heaping tablespoon almond butter
- 1 scoop Next Step AppeFIT Mixed Berry Powder OR 1 teaspoon matcha powder
- variety of fresh or frozen berries or frozen acai
- hemp seeds
- Place fresh spinach into your blender and add the water. Blend together until combined.
- Add in the frozen bananas, frozen mangos, almond butter and Next Step AppeFIT Mixed Berry Powder, and blend together until smooth. Pour into glasses and top with the berries and sprinkle on some hemp seeds. Enjoy!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Vitamin Shoppe. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting me in working with the brands and companies that I use and trust.