I’m going to be completely honest, when I first saw a green smoothie there were cringes and promises made to never drink one. Over the summer I came across a recipe that sounded somewhat appetizing. I make this whenever there is less than an hour between classes because it is that easy. I’ve tweaked the recipe to perfection and hope you enjoy it!
- 2 handfuls of baby spinach
- 1 sliced, frozen banana (do this the night before)
- 1 cup original unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Add all the ingredients in the blender and turn it on. Make sure that everything is fully blended before you the pour the beverage out (no one wants to drink a spinach leaf).
Pro Tip: Don’t put a spoon in a blender that is on because it will break. I may or may not know this from experience. (It is possible that Sydney drank some plastic with her smoothie last week.)
As mentioned before, I changed the recipe until it was something really worthwhile. I’m a big believer in not following recipes exactly in order to make them something tailored for you. Here are some possible substitutions to make this recipe perfect for you:
- Baby spinach – Baby kale and chard will work just as well
- Almond milk – You can use coconut, rice, soy, or whatever milk tickles your fancy. If you get it sweetened make sure to leave out the vanilla extract
- Chia seeds – Flax and hemp seeds are great substitutions, but feel free to leave this out entirely if you don’t have them on hand.
- Peanut butter – Just like the milk, use whatever you like. I’m a fan of crunchy peanut butter, but it will taste just as good with any type of nut butter.
- Chocolate protein powder – If you don’t have, or don’t like, chocolate protein powder it’s not a problem. Instead, just throw in a small piece of dark chocolate to get that subtle flavor. Remember, if you omit the protein powder make sure to eat a protein-filled snack along with the drink.
Please let us know what you think of our first recipe and if you did anything differently!