Oh, green smoothies.
I am sooo particular when it comes to smoothies, & especially ones with vegetables in them. There are two deal breakers for me when it comes to these babes:
1) I can’t be able to taste the vegetables. If I can, it’s gross and I won’t drink it. I just want my green smoothie to taste like a milkshake, okay? I mean, that’s not a ridiculous, unreasonable request, right?
2) There can’t be any weird textural issues – I’m talking to you, leafy, lacy kale. No. No no no no no.
I think the green smoothie concept is totally genius – sneak as many vegetables as you can into a smoothie and reap the delicious, nutritional rewards. Which is why I needed to figure out a way to make a green smoothie that I love enough to make regularly and not make me hate my life. Because let’s be honest, we all need more vegetables in our lives.
BUT AT WHAT COST?! WHY MUST YOU TASTE GROSS, VEGETABLES. WHYYY.
Luckily, I’ve thought long and hard about this conundrum. And this particular smoothie is my solution. What I’m sharing with you today is vanilla-y and peanut butter-y. It’s not super fruity, in fact, the only fruit is a banana. I hope to create a fruitier, perhaps tropical-y version sometime soon.
I grew up in a pretty health conscious family, and that is something I am so grateful for. Sure, we loved our Ghirardelli brownies and made them on occasion (weekly) but we always started out the mornings with scrambled eggs and green smoothies. When I was little, like I don’t even remember how old, I tried to make my own green smoothie. You know what I used? Raspberries and green beans and water. Ohhhh lawdy, y’all. That was SO bad.
This is much much better than that, promise. In fact, I’d go as far as saying I LOVE it.
lots of spinach – I just kinda grab a handful if I’m using baby spinach, and 4-5ish leaves if I’m using the big stuff
1 T vanilla protein powder
1 T natural peanut butter
1 1/4 c unsweetened almond milk
1 frozen banana
ice cubes, optional
Blend, baby, blend.