You might have noticed that just about every single one of my green smoothie photos has a straw in it – like the delicious lemon-mango weight loss recipe I have below.
There are two big reasons why I always drink my green smoothies with a straw. One is because I just prefer it. It’s much more comfortable to drink my green smoothie through a straw.
The second big reason is that drinking green smoothies through a straw helps to protect my teeth from the acids in fruits. Drinking from a straw helps to minimize contact with your teeth, saving your enamel.
I drink two green smoothies most days, and I have done this since January 2008. I have used a straw almost that entire time. My dentist has confirmed that my teeth are absolutely fine – no excessive enamel wear and no cavities. I attribute that to my dental hygiene, mineral-rich diet (yay leafy greens!), and using a straw.
But any old straw won’t work. Plastic straws are not durable, they end up in the landfill (or our oceans), and the biggest drawback with plastic straws is that they are not toxin-free! Non-toxic, eco-friendly alternatives to plastic straws are glass or stainless steel.
I have been using a stainless steel straw from Eco At Heart lately. The benefit of a stainless steel straw is that it is unbreakable. A glass straw can chip, crack, or break if you drop it. I’ve broken two of mine. But a stainless steel straw is much more durable. With my stainless steel straw, I can just toss it in with my lunch and not worry about glass shards later.
My Eco At Heart straw is slightly wider than a normal straw, which is perfect for thicker beverages like green smoothies. It’s also super comfortable to use. Cleaning is a breeze with the straw cleaning brush that comes with it.
So if you aren’t yet using a straw when drinking your green smoothies, I highly recommend it.
Lemon Mango Weight Loss Green Smoothie Recipe
Grab a straw and try this delicious lemon-mango weight loss green smoothie below.
How is it a weight loss green smoothie? It is an excellent source of fiber, which helps you feel full, and is low in calories. Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder and you have a simple, low-calorie meal that can replace a less-than-stellar breakfast or lunch.
- 8 ounces (236 mls) unsweetened almond milk
- 1 banana, peeled
- 1 cup (165 grams) mango, cubed
- 1/4 lemon, peeled
- 2 cups (134 grams) kale, stems removed
- 1 scoop/serving of your favorite protein powder (optional)
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Calories: 258 | Protein: 5g | Carbs: 55g | Fiber: 7.1g | Calcium: 6% | Iron: 1.1mg | Vitamin A: 217% RDA | Vitamin C: 152% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of vitamins B1 through B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
Serving Size: One.
Thank you to Eco At Heart for sponsoring this post! If you would like to use one of their straws, you can order them through Amazon.com