Tropical Green Smoothie

(Family Features) Starting the morning on the right foot can help set a path toward a successful day, and for many, that strong start begins with breakfast. In fact, a lot of research supports the idea of having a balanced meal in the morning. When you turn to breakfast to fuel your morning, look for seasonal recipes that provide a delicious way to start your day.

For example, if you’re an on-the-go eater, try easily transportable recipes like a Tropical Green Smoothie.

Tropical Green Smoothie

Prep time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 (8 fluid ounces each)

1 cup fresh baby spinach or baby kale
3/4 cup 2% milk
1 ripe banana
2/3 cup fresh or frozen diced pineapple
1 lime, zest only
1 lime, cut into wedges
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pinch ground cinnamon
3/4 cup ice (optional)

In blender, blend spinach, milk, banana, pineapple, lime zest, juice of one lime wedge, coconut oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon and ice, if desired, until smooth. If refrigerating prior to serving, omit ice.

Nutritional information per serving: 120 calories; 2 g total fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 55 mg sodium; 22 g total carbohydrates; 6 g protein.