Tuesday, January 8, 2013

chocolate-vanilla-peanut butter green smoothie

I used to laugh at smoothies. Drink my calories? I don't think so. Despite seeing them plastered throughout the healthy living blog world and having several friends swear by their power, I never, ever considered making my own...

...until I went on a ham-cookie-wine-cheesecake-beer-didimentioncookies binge over the holidays that sent my body and sensitive stomach into a tailspin. All of a sudden, the idea of a green smoothie appealed to my weary body so I whipped one up. And, after a few tweaks to the recipe - I became a convert. I am a hard core green smoothie convert.

Not only does this stuff taste like a chocolate milkshake, but green smoothies make my stomach sing for joy! To be more specific (but, not too specific) I have IBS. It hates me, and I hate it. Green smoothies have made a miraculous dent in my daily suffering.

I have been having them every day for lunch since I returned home for the holidays and couldn't be happier. They provide me with solid small lunch calories (I am a small lunch + multiple daily snack eater), a bang of calcium, protein, healthy fat, and two servings of veggies. What more could a girl want?

Chocolate-Vanilla-Peanut Butter Green Smoothie
(Serves 1)

1 to 1.25 cups original almond milk
2 cups (packed) raw spinach
1 frozen banana
1 heaping T vanilla protein powder (I use brown rice)
1 T cocoa powder
1 T creamy natural peanut butter
3-4 ice cubes

Add ingredients into a blender or food processor in the order written. Blend away and adjust milk/ice cubes until desired consistency is reached. Add a straw and drink the goodness!

Nutritional Facts: Calories: 345; Fat: 13g; Protein: 21g; Calcium: 38%; Fiber: 8g 

Green smoothies. Doooooooo it.


  1. mm that looks good, I have never had a green smoothie before

  2. great combo! i make smoothies for lunch when i work from home and have access to a blender-- yum

  3. Yum. I've had the same feelings about smoothies recently. I know its funny to get on a smoothie kick in the winter, but they seriously feel so good for your body. I'm just curious, what brand of brown rice protein powder do you use? I've been trying to find a new protein powder and am trying to get as much info about all the options as possible!

  4. Looks very refreshing. Might have to try it some time.

  5. The idea of smoothies for meals used to leave me shaking in my booties - I never thought they'd fill me up, and that I'd end up starving in no time. Boy was I wrong... Made with the right ingredients (and these are DEFINITELY the right ones), I find some smoothies to be more filling than actual meals. I'm still trying to get over my aversion to green ones though... bad history ;)

  6. I'm still not completely sold on green smoothies, but you know what? I think chocolate and peanut butter will definitely help. :D

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  8. Hi! I've really been enjoying your blog! Just wondered how well this recipe travels...i.e. if I make it at home in the morning (or night before) and put it in the fridge at work, is it OK or does it totally settle out / get weird & gross? Thanks!

  9. Finally tried your green smoothie - freakin' rocked my socks off! Yummo!

  10. Hi, trying your recipe this evening and I was curious, it is unsweetened cocoa powder, yes?