Green Smoothie Ideas

IMG_4287I’ll save the health lecture this time. We all have heard about these mysterious, lean, mean, and green forms of liquid that are associated with “superfood,” “cleansing,” “glowing,” “energy,” etc.  There is in fact a lot of science behind what makes these drinks so nutrient-filled and good for your system.  Doesn’t it make sense that our bodies would appreciate the break from having to work and break down all the crappy food we hurriedly chew and scarf down? Liquid calories chock-full of healthy goodness that cover all the bases of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, and the right kind of fats can be absorbed more efficiently. (Oops, health lecture). I happen to love green smoothies and try to incorporate them into my regular lifestyle at least a couple times a week. It really is a great way to boost up that daily fruit and veggie count goal that seems somewhat impossible to reach.  I make them different every time deepening on my taste buds that day and what I’ve got hanging around that needs to be eaten. They’re perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, other meal replacement (if you make sure to include enough calories of carbs, protein, fats), or a pre/post-workout boost. If you’re skeptical, I PROMISE you will not know there’s spinach in there if  you just close your eyes and ignore the color.  I have tried other greens such as kale, but to be honest I don’t know if you could get away with sneaking that into a picky critic’s drink. Feel free to experiment with different greens and decide what you can honestly enjoy drinking versus trying to finish a glass of something you’d be fine going the rest of your life without having again.  (Keep in mind depending on ingredients, a green smoothie might not turn out “green.” Don’t be afraid if it’s an odd color. Like I said, just ignore whatever color it is and drink up!) If you make them right, I guarantee you one day you will actually CRAVE green smoothies.  If you’re still completely against the idea, these are great without the “green,” too! Here are some of my concoctions that always turn out great:

PB Banana Mocha

1 cup unsweetened (original or vanilla) almond milk

1 frozen banana (if not frozen, just add a few ice cubes)

2 T PB2 powder

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1-2 t instant coffee granules

1-2 t cocoa powder

1/2 T ground flax

1-3 cups fresh spinach (I use a small personal blender so I fill it to the top)

Truvia to taste

Tropical 

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 c frozen peaches

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 t almond butter

Spinach (again, LOTS)

dash of vanilla

Truvia to taste

Optional – 1-2 T coconut flakes

Berry Blend

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 cup frozen mixed berries

1/2 T flax

Fresh spinach

Dash of vanilla

Truvia to taste

Optional: to make creamier – add a couple T of plain greek yogurt. For added tartness – a squeeze of lemon juice

Chocolate Strawberry Banana

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 frozen banana

1/2 c strawberries

1 T cocoa powder

Fresh spinach

Dash of vanilla

Truvia to taste

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