Green smoothie worth drinking

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

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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.)

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Variations

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. IMG_6568

Please let us know what you think of our first recipe and if you did anything differently!

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