Saturday, June 16, 2012

Powerhouse Green Smoothie!

Alright, you're going to have to trust me for a minute- this smoothie is loaded with spinach but it tastes like a strawberry-banana milkshake. You get all of the benefits of those dark, leafy greens but you don't taste it. Seriously. The color is a bit off-putting, you can cut the green-ness by adding blueberries if you'd like. You really just need to close your eyes and take a sip though, because it's super delicious. If you're on Pinterest (isn't everyone now?) I'm sure you've seen a ton of green smoothie recipes. That's where I saw it first, and I was intrigued. Nick & I decided to whirl one up one Saturday morning and I've never looked back. Never again will I have a sugar-loaded, plain strawberry smoothie in the morning- I load mine up with spinach or kale or whatever dark leafy greens I have on hand to give me extra nutrients! Nutritious and delicious, it's like hiding a salad in a milkshake. 

This is a very basic green smoothie recipe and can be altered in a million different ways. I used frozen strawberries because I needed to use them up, but you can use any kind of berry- frozen or fresh. I like to use vanilla flavored almond milk because it makes it taste creamy and sweet like a milkshake, plus it adds protein, but you could use coconut milk or dairy milk if you prefer. Spinach is the secret ingredient here, but kale also works the same. I like to add ground flax seed if I have it on hand for extra nutrients, chia seeds as well. If you want this smoothie to be your entire breakfast, toss in a 1/2 cup of oats and it will keep you full all morning. 


Ingredients:
1 banana
1/2 Cup frozen sliced strawberries
1/4 Cup Plain Greek yogurt
1 Cup spinach
1 Cup Vanilla flavored almond milk (you may need to add more if it's not blending smoothly)

Step 1: Add bananas, berries, yogurt, spinach, and milk to blender. Blend until smooth. Drink up!




Don't get scared by the greens! It's yummy!



Obviously the color isn't super appetizing. Drink it anyway. It's GOOD for you. And it tastes good. 

5 comments:

  1. My blender just stopped working today and I've only had it for a few months. What brand blender do you use? & how long has it lasted you. I kid you not when I say a tear came down my cheek when it abruptly stopped working in the middle of making my power breakfast smoothie. :(

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    1. ahhh a broken blender is NO good :( We went through that about 4 times in a year.... and decided to finally invest in a good one since we make smoothies all the time. We have the Ninja pro blender and I absolutely LOVE it. We've had it for almost 2 years now and never had a single issue with it... It's definitely pricier than a cheapie blender I think ours was like $90 at Wal-Mart but it's been worth it for me. HIGHLY recommend it if you can splurge! :)

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  2. My blender just stopped working today and I've only had it for a few months. What brand blender do you use? & how long has it lasted you. I kid you not when I say a tear came down my cheek when it abruptly stopped working in the middle of making my power breakfast smoothie. :(

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