Green Tea Fruit Smoothie – Mariano’s health key System

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Remember that saying “You are what you eat.”?

The past 9 months haven’t just been about me, as I have been growing another person! So this quote has been even more important for me when I choose what I put in my body.

I know as we start 2014 a lot of you also are trying to be healthier, choosing foods that fall into certain categories whether that be heart healthy, gluten free, local or organic.  What we put in our body matters and gives us the fuel, energy and nutrients we need to lead healthy lives.  When I go to my local grocery store, Mariano’s, I am lucky to have a health key™ System that guides me when shopping.  The health key™ System are colored tags that are placed under products through the store to indicate whether that product is organic, local, gluten free, low sodium, heart healthy, whole grain, no lactose, vegan, sugar free, ect.


If you have specific health restrictions, follow a vegan diet, or just want to live a healthier life these little tags are priceless.  It saves you time when shopping because you no longer have to try to determine whether a product is vegan, or organic.  I especially like the local and organic tags because I love supporting local farmers and companies and I buy a lot of organic foods.  When making today’s Green Tea Fruit Smoothie the health key™ System tags let me know that the chia seeds are vegan, the green tea is gluten free and the yogurt is gluten free and organic.


When Mariano’s moved into my area a few years ago I fell in love with the store! If you live in the Chicagoland area you know what I am talking about. The store does a great job of supporting people in choosing healthier foods and leading a healthy lifestyle.  As a daughter of a dietician I love that they have a Dietician on staff that can help people with diet planning and recipes.  They also offer cooking classes which I have taken full advantage of.

And now the health key™ System is just one more tool for me to provide healthy meals for my family.  This has also come in handy when planning and making meals for family and friends that have diet restrictions.  For example I have a relative that is watching their sodium intake.  When I go to Mariano’s I can look for the health key™ System tag that says “low sodium.” I have friends that are gluten free and when I have them over I love to have appetizers for them. I can run to Mariano’s and find crackers that are gluten free by finding the health key™ System tag. It makes my life so much easier.


We all know how much I love smoothies! They are a great way to add nutrients, protein, fruit and vegetables to our diet. I especially love them in the morning or as a snack. This Green Tea Fruit Smoothie is the perfect way to start your day and offers you the antioxidants of green tea, the fiber and omega-3 Fatty Acids of chia seeds, calcium from the low fat yogurt and vitamins from the strawberry, banana, blueberries and spinach.


Cheers to a year of healthy eating and lots of smoothie drinking!

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Green Tea Fruit Smoothie

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Serves: 1

Green Tea Fruit Smoothie is packed with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins to start your day right!
  • 1 cup Organic green tea, chilled (brew the night before to save time)
  • ½ cup strawberries, frozen
  • ¼ cup blueberries, frozen
  • ½ cup bananas, frozen
  • ½ cup fresh spinach, washed
  • ½ cup low fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • Optional to sweeten: 1 teaspoon Agave or honey
  1. Use two green tea bags (or more for stronger) to brew a cup of tea, then keep the tea chilled in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.
  2. Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
This makes one large smoothie or two small.

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I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.  As always opinions are 100% my own.



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    • Julia says

      It was my first time putting it in a smoothie and I really liked it! You also get a little caffeine kick which is nice.

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