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My mom is not only one of my friends, she's really my very best friend and she has been for as long as I can remember. Of course, just like any other set of besties, that doesn't come without our occasional squabble. She's my complete opposite in almost every way, even down to our hair color.
I stuck out like a sore thumb as a child. A perfectly blonde and blue-eyed fair-skinned child among a gaggle of dark brown hair and beautiful olive complexions. And although it sounds like it, I wasn't adopted. That's just how things turned out as my mom remarried when I was four years old.
All of my life I've known my mom to be one of the softest and sweetest souls out there. She's the sort of person that would give any of her friends and family anything and everything just to see them smile and be happy. She's kind, generous, easy-going and all about fun. On the other end of things, I'm independent, stubborn, and sometimes rather brash. I'm a perfectionist to the core and entirely a homebody. See? She's my complete opposite, hah!
My mom and I are a good fit together because we balance each other out perfectly. Where I'm weak, she's strong and vise versa. And while we may go about things differently, our core values and morals are all basically the same. It just goes to show that opposites (just like the new Dole® Fruit & Veggie Blends) can make a perfect pair.
The new Dole® Fruit & Veggie Blends are made with real, all natural fruit and vegetables, are a good source of fiber and Vitamins A & C. They combine fruits and vegetables in a tasty smoothie that is amazingly delicious.
They are naturally Gluten Free, and NON GMO; balancing the right amount of fruit and vegetables without compromising taste. The blends are perfectly combined to deliver a great tasting wholesome smoothie (no more guessing what combinations of fruit and veggies work well together or adding too many veggies for a poor tasting smoothie!)
I used the Dole® Fruit & Veggie Blend (Fruit 'n Greens) to make my perfect smoothie by adding in greek yogurt, flax seeds, chia seeds, and even some matcha powder! All of these additions give protein, even more nutrients, and a boost of energy to get me through the day.
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Skinny Matcha-Monster Smoothie
Servings: 1 • Size: 1 Smoothie • Calories: 169.7 • Fat: 3.5 g • Carb: 25.7 g • Fiber: 3.8 g • Protein: 8 g • Sugar: 13.2 g • Sodium: 219.2 mg
3/4 C. Dole® Fruit & Veggie Blend (Fruit 'n Greens)
1 C. Unsweetened Light Almond Milk
1/4 C. Fat Free Vanilla Greek Yogurt
1 Tsp. Matcha Powder
1/2 Tsp. Ground Flax Seeds
1/2 Tsp. Chia Seeds
Optional Topping: Skinny Matcha Granola!
Toss all the ingredients into a blender or NutriBullet and blend to your desired consistency.
I found Dole® Fruit & Veggie Blends in my store’s Frozen Fruit aisle. - Each 16 oz. bag makes 4 smoothies!
Looking for more smoothie inspiration? Check out this 'Berry Special' recipe featuring the Dole® Fruit & Veggie Blends Fruit 'n Greens.