Bust out the green! It’s St. Patrick’s Day and what better way to celebrate than to have a green drink. Not that kind of green drink! Save that for the weekend. This green drink is a power house of nutrients. I have the most fantastic recipe for a green smoothie. Your body will thank you for sipping on this wonderful, cold glass of yumminess.
This smoothie recipe has been my go-to for the past few years. It’s a perfect option for breakfast or pour it in an insulated cup with a lid and straw to take with you on the go for an afternoon snack while running errands. It’s loaded with spinach but that doesn’t mean it tastes like you’re drinking vegetables. That’s not the case at all. The sweetness from the fruit overrides the spinach. Spinach is a pretty mild tasting green so it’s a great one to start with when you first try making green smoothies. You can try kale too (just don’t forget to remove the hard stem pieces first)! Green smoothies are a great way to incorporate more veggies into our day.
Awesome things about spinach: Super low in calories! There are only 7 calories in 1 cup of spinach. It’s a great anti-inflammatory, loaded with vitamins A and K, high in magnesium and fiber, improves skin and helps boost your immune system. Spinach also increases brain function and you know all of us busy moms need that! I call that “mom-brain”. We have a lot on our plate, right ladies?!
My challenge to you is to try this recipe and replace your breakfast with a green smoothie every morning for one week. You will notice an increase in your energy levels. You will feel full and more satisfied compared to skipping breakfast or having a bowl of cereal. You may even start to notice a decrease in your sugar cravings.
TIP #1: I always blend my spinach and water for about 30 seconds before adding the remaining ingredients. This will help break down the spinach so you don’t have any leafy chunks in your smoothie.
TIP #2: Cut your banana into chunks, place in snack size zip lock bag and put in freezer.
The protein powder in this recipe is optional but it will help keep you full longer. I suggest using a plant-based protein powder.
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