What do you get when you blend 2 large handfuls of spinach, 1 banana, milk, scoop of vanilla protein powder, and a cup of ice? A super easy, super filling, and super nutritious snack. I often whip this together minutes before I’m heading out the door, pour it into a mason jar or insulated cup with a large straw, and sip as I drive. It has kept me away from hitting up fast food, which is tempting to do when hungry in the car.
If you think about it, this is easily a meal in a cup. There is enough spinach in it to fill up a large plate, a whole banana, protein from the powder. The cup of milk or milk substitute (I use almond milk) is also nutrient rich and filling. I sometimes add chia seeds for extra omega, fiber and protein.
I know there are times that I just don’t want to eat another green salad on a plate, or have the time to shovel it in my mouth and chew! On days I am in the mood for a plate of salad greens, I still have my smoothie, and it feels good knowing I am getting so many nutrients into my body in one day.
I do not have a fancy blender, you don’t need one for this. Mine is Oster brand (the one above) and it has served me well!
The finished product is an interesting color, but it is smooth, creamy and you cannot taste the spinach. It tastes like a banana shake. The vanilla protein powder and banana both add enough sweetness so no added sweetener is needed.
The protein powder I use is Plant Fusion Pea Protein Powder. It is vegan and is sweetened with stevia herb. No yucky artificial sweeteners. Love it!
If I am ever in a chocolate mood, I use chocolate almond milk, or add some cocoa to it. It is also great with a scoop of peanut butter or almond butter. MMM..This makes it into a chocolate, peanut butter, banana smoothie! Delish.
If you have digestive issues, these smoothies are a great way to get fiber into your diet. I notice a huge difference when I drink them regularly. I feel they are very cleansing to the system.
Want one more reason to drink your greens? I have people tell me my coloring looks great. Well, after reading this article, titled “Want a golden glow? Don’t Bother With a Suntan, Eat Your Greens Instead,” I think I can thank my green smoothies for that!
Easy, Everyday Green Smoothie
2 large handfuls of spinach (about 2 cups)
1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice-coconut, soy, dairy)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Plant Fusion)
1 cup ice
2 tbls chia seeds (optional)
Place spinach, almond milk, banana, chia and protein powder in blender. Blend until smooth. You should see a cortex in the middle, if you don’t add a bit more milk until you do. When smooth, add ice. Blend a bit more. Pour and enjoy!