The Green Smoothie.
There might not be a faster and more efficient way of getting a ton of nutrition into one meal.
I have always been a fan of protein drinks and smoothies. Before my daughter was born, I had a chocolate protein shake with banana almost every morning for breakfast.
I loved that it kept me full until lunch and I could take it on the go while I drove to meet my early morning clients.
Then we brought our daughter home and I became obsessed with keeping our house as quiet as possible while she was sleeping.
The blender went in the cupboard during breakfast hours and my protein shake obsession took the backseat for a while.
(When you have a sleeping newborn you will do ANYTHING to keep her asleep!)
Once she was old enough to start enjoying solid foods with us, I looked for ways to get a ton of veggies and nutrition into her meals. If you’ve had little ones, you know that salad and broccoli just aren’t going to cut it sometimes!
I also found myself needing some quick meals again, and my smoothie love was reborn!
While just about any ingredient is worth trying in a green smoothie, this is one of my favorite recipes and serves to not only fill you up, but energize and detox your body as well!
The only sweetness in this smoothie comes from the banana, and that’s really all you need! You get a ton of iron, vitamins and minerals in the spinach and kale, antioxidants from the cacao, digestive help and immune support from the ginger and amazing creaminess from the almond milk!
The protein comes from the almond butter and protein powder (I use this one because it tastes great and is vegan, soy free and gluten free). You can definitely leave the protein powder out if you chose. If you do that and want to use this as a full meal, I would add 1/4 cup of plain greek yogurt for added protein.
I make this Ultimate Green Smoothie at least once a week for lunch for our family. I also think it works great for breakfast and really helps you start your day with energy!
Tip: If you are making a big batch for you and your kids, pour your child’s portion out BEFORE adding the protein powder. I personally don’t feel kids need the extra protein from a powder source.
If you haven’t ever used cacao nibs, I think this is a great place to start! They taste a little like really dark chocolate, and are crunchy and packed with antioxidants. I like having the little crunch in my smoothie! They are also great added to yogurt and oatmeal.
With summer fast approaching, this smoothie is a perfect way to stay healthy on those hot days you don’t want to turn the oven on :). I hope you love it!
Ultimate Green Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup spinach leaves
- 1/2 cup kale leaves
- 2 tablespoons almond butter OR peanut butter (natural)
- 1 tablespoons cacao nibs
- 2 scoops protein powder (optional)
- 1/2 small avocado
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- crushed ice (the amount depends on how icy you want it!)
- Place everything into a high powered blender and blend on high until the ice is broken down and the mixture is smooth. Top with more cocao nibs for a crunch!