Green smoothies are everywhere these days, and for good reason. It's a quick and delicious way to get some fresh greens into your system. Dark, leafy greens are a great source of iron for those of us that don't eat meat, AND they contribute to high energy levels and pretty, glowing skin. If you're not a fan of eating greens raw, green drinks are the easiest way to work them into your diet. This recipe is fairly simple; no obscure ingredients required! It's got you covered for greens, protein, and taste! As usual, it's vegan, gluten & refined sugar free.
Now, when it comes to my greens intake, I employ a strategy. I love eating kale, and I find that it doesn't break down as well as other greens in smoothies (even in my beloved Vitamix). Why would I blend it up when I enjoy eating it so much? It would feel like a waste of perfectly good kale that I could otherwise be eating sauteed in coconut oil, sea salt, and nutritional yeast (hint, hint, try this out!) Spinach, on the other hand, I do not like at all. Raw, cooked, braised....no thanks, not interested. However, it blends perfectly into smoothies with a super smooth consistency. The best part is you'd never guess from the taste that you were drinking a glass of spinach. I dislike the expression "kill two birds with one stone" for obvious reasons, but that's the general idea here.
1 large banana
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 heaping spoonful of nut butter of your choice (almond or peanut are both great)
1 cup packed raw baby spinach
1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
2-3 ice cubes (optional, but I have a strong preference for a cold smoothie)
Place all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until you have a smooth consistency. Serve and drink right away. A stale smoothie is nobody's friend. Enjoy!
Feel free to start small with the amount of spinach and increase it each time you make the smoothie. I often put closer to two cups of spinach in, but I had to work my way up to it. Adding a bit of microgreens is a nice greens boost as well. If you prefer a sweeter smoothie, add a pitted medjool date. Another delicious variation is to add a spoon of cacao nibs for a cookies and cream type smoothie.
This is my favorite morning smoothie, and I've even got my dad drinking it now. This drink has fueled many a Monday morning when I would have rather smashed my alarm clock and stayed in bed. I hope you like it! Let us know in the comments what your go-to green smoothie is!