I love smoothies. I think smoothies can be a perfect snack or even a meal. You can add so many nutrient dense foods into one smooth delicious drink. I like to add milled flax seed and chia seeds into my smoothies to add healthy omegas our bodies need. When I make a smoothie, usually for breakfast, I end up having to make more because both of my boys love smoothies. They love this green smoothie and this high protein strawberry banana smoothie with flax and oats too. Don’t be scared to try this because of spinach. If you have not tried a green smoothie with spinach just give it one try! If you have tried a green smoothie with spinach, you know what I am talking about when I tell you it is yummy. There are a lot of different ways to make a green smoothie, but this is the way I really like them (in this smoothie you can’t taste spinach.. it’s over powered by the other ingredients) This smoothie is packed with Greek yogurt, spinach, banana, chia seed, flax seed, peanut butter. These power ingredients provide you with a high protein drink that will boost your energy. Drinking this is a perfect way to start your day or post workout! Here is how I make it:
Starts with simple ingredients. Milk is not pictured. (usually I use vanilla Greek yogurt, but all I had on had was strawberry– still yummy)
Put the ingredients into a blender and mix. ( I put about half of the spinach along with the rest of the ingredients and blend, then I add the rest of the spinach and blend again. I feel like when I stuff all the spinach in the blender it can get stuck against the blender walls)
My boys have learned what is coming when I pull out a blender. They sure love to sip on a smoothie. I end up making another so I can have more than a sip 🙂 I can’t complain, they are drinking spinach, Greek yogurt, flax seed, and chia seed. This was their breakfast too, you can probably tell by their bed hair and PJs 🙂
1 frozen,medium Banana (mine wasn’t frozen, I added ice)
1-2 TBSP Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Vanilla Greek yogurt (can sub honey, plain or a fruit)
1/2- 1 cup milk (I used 1%, you could use soy or almond milk too)
2 handfuls of baby spinach
1/2 TBSP Milled flax seed (optional)
1/2 TBSP Chia seed (optional)
Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
I like to mix half of the spinach with the rest of the ingredients, blending until smooth, then add the 2nd handful of spinach and blend again until smooth. If I don’t have a frozen banana on hand I use a fresh then add a few cubes of ice.
I also like to add a couple pieces of frozen pineapple to this smoothie as well. It will sweeten it up a little bit more without adding table sugar. That is really yummy as well.
Happy Healthy Eating
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