Green is the new black…
My longtime friend Whitney English of ToLiveandDietinLA.com loves healthy food and exercise like I love fashion and beauty, so it was only natural for her to do a guest blog post for us!  When she mentioned she would like to share her wealth of knowledge on beauty and nutrition in one recipe, I remembered why I used to sit at the lunch table with her for so many years!  The girl is on it and I learn something new every time I am with her.  Keep reading below for her post on why you MUST TRY this delicious and healthy smoothie this week instead of your usual bowl of cereal!

You know how a little black dress is your no-brainer attire for when you want to look and feel great, but don’t have time to obsess over your outfit?

Well, this big Green Smoothie is the little black dress of healthy breakfasts.  It has everything you need to boost your energy and get you going in the morning: protein, healthy carbs, and good fat. It’s low in calories, but high in antioxidants (which are great for your complexion). Most importantly, it tastes ah-mazing.


The Mango and Kale provide fiber, which aids in digestion. They’re also high in Vitamin A, which brightens your skin. The Banana is packed with Vitamin B6, which helps speed up your metabolism. And the Chia Seeds and Coconut add flavor, crunch, and more fiber (which will keep you satisfied until lunch time).

Just throw the ingredients in a blender and you’ve got everything you need to look and feel fresh and fabulous in the morning. With this smoothie, you don’t have to worry about whether you have time for breakfast (it takes two minutes) or whether you’re getting the nutrients you need (you know you are).  Enjoy!

Whit’s Green Goddess Beauty Smoothie
1/2 frozen Banana
8 chunks frozen Mango (I use Trader Joe’s)
1 scoop Protein Powder (I use Body Factory, but any Vanilla Whey Powder will do)
1 C. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
A handful of Kale
1 T. Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
1 T. Chia Seeds
Toss everything in the blender or Magic Bullet and blend! Top with coconut and chia seeds.
Total Calories: 277, Protein: 18 grams.
For more delicious, healthy recipes, please visit To Live & Diet in L.A.

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