Pineapple Green Smoothie

We all have groggy mornings, but I was sick of it.

My daily routine looked like this: hit snooze a few times, reluctantly get out of bed, and then pour myself a strong cup of coffee to keep me company on my commute. I knew my habit wasn't healthy, but I was stuck. I was also hungry; as soon as I hopped off the train, my stomach was craving something carb-heavy, so I usually caved and got a bagel the second I could.

All that changed when I purchased a blender. I swapped coffee for Dr. Oz's green juice, and it completely shook up my day. Though I was intimidated by all the ingredients that go into this recipe, I was lured in by the promise of a healthy, all-natural energy source. I hoped it would help me stay full until lunch time, and I wouldn't be craving my usual cup of joe. Here's what happened when I made the switch for three days.

Day 1: Trial and Error

On my first day of trying this recipe, I told myself I was going to give up coffee for the day and rely on the natural energy of the fruits and veggies. I didn't realize there'd also be the added wakeup call of the blender grinding to make sure I was fully awake. Take a deep breath with me: This recipe calls for spinach, cucumbers, celery, parsley, mint, carrots, apples, oranges, limes, lemons, and pineapples. Though there’s a lot involved, this smoothie wasn’t hard to make at all.

Since I only ever make food for one, it was difficult to find small amounts of the necessary ingredients. I had to buy more than I needed, but I chopped up what the recipe called for and put it in the blender. On the first day, I only used water to mix with my drink, and I’ll admit it didn’t give me a texture that I loved, so I made a mental note to switch it up the next day.

One thing I noticed right away is that the drink itself is incredibly hydrating. It didn’t give me the energy rush I was used to from my usual cup of coffee (maybe I was feeling a withdrawl), but I definitely thought it was filling. I found I wasn’t hungry again until lunchtime.

Day 2: Small Wins

On my second day, I was definitely starting to feel a bit groggy from having to wake up a little earlier to make this drink. But, it was easier on day two because I had a better idea of how much of each ingredient I wanted to include. Like I said before, I’m only cooking for one, so my blender is single serve. I discovered I loved the combination of lime and mint, so I used more of those this time around. I also added ice cubes to the mix, and it gave me a much more desirable consistency than just using water.

I had class this day, so I made my drink and headed to campus. Even just by carrying it around, I felt healthier, and my friends were impressed too. Seriously, the only thing that would have made me feel more like I had my life together was if I had actually made time to go to the gym. I also began to take a peek at the smoothie and juice prices being offered at the campus eateries, and I felt even more proud of myself. I was saving big by making my own at home.

Day 3: How I Made It My Own

On my last day of trying the green juice, I spiced up the recipe and incorporated my usual shot of apple cider vinegar to it. Personally, I’m a big advocate for drinking apple cider vinegar. (Dr. Oz loves it too, which is a happy coincidence.) It’s my go-to whenever I’m feeling a bit off or bloated. The strong taste of it is really refreshing for me, but if you’re new to the game, try watering it down a bit. I think this drink is the perfect recipe to start adding apple cider vinegar into because the flavor of the drink is strong enough that you won’t even know the vinegar is in there.

I used the same portions and ice as I used in day two, and I’ve come to really like this drink. While I probably won't make this every day when I have an early morning, I will definitely add it to my breakfast rotation. It’s easy to make and add your own personal touch to, while still being delicious and filling. I loved that I was able to feel how hydrating it was, and I felt refreshed after drinking it.

With summer approaching and my schedule clearing up, it might even be the perfect way to get the rest of my roommates on a health kick. The original recipe actually serves three to four people, so there will plenty to share. Then all I'll have to do is get them to go to the gym with me, too.


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