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!
Calories: 345; Fat: 13g; Protein: 21g; Calcium: 38%; Fiber: 8g
Green smoothies. Doooooooo it.