green smoothie

This is one of my favorite breakfasts after a workout or on the go. 

 

It's simple.

It's my go-to breakfast when I'm in a hurry. You know, like when you wake up in the morning, look at the clock, and have a totally insane panic attack because your phone died last night, you forgot to plug it in, annnnd now you've got ten minutes to get ready for class. 

Definitely never happened to me before, why do you ask? 

 

It's healthy.

Do we have to talk about how healthy this smoothie is? It basically epitomizes health. If you tell someone you had a green smoothie for breakfast, you get the "ohhh wow, okayyy... so you're a health nut, huh?" look. 

That also has never happened to me, why do you ask?

 

It's delicious.

Guys. Just please try this before you get all "I do not like green smoothies and ham, Sam I am." The bananas make it incredibly sweet, and it's really good if you top it with some granola. Mmmm...

Note: I put this recipe together because it's just what I put in my green smoothies, but this recipe is super flexible. You can add anything you want, whether it be ice or chia seeds. The only advice I would give in adjusting the recipe is to avoid any sort of milk or protein powder. This smoothie is high in iron, which can't be absorbed with calcium. Milk and protein powder generally have calcium. Calcium is good, just not with iron. At least, that's what I've heard.

Green Smoothie

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 frozen bananas
  • a handful of frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach or kale
  • 3/4-1 cup water (depending on how thick you like your smoothies. I like mine really thick and creamy)
  • 2 T almond butter
  • 1 T flaxseed meal
  • 1 scoop green powder**
  • Optional toppings: granola, cacao nibs, fruit

Instructions:

Place all the ingredients in your blender and blend it to death to avoid any kale-y or spinach-y string-y-ness. It's not good, trust me. You want your smoothie to be smooth-y. You might need to add more water if your blender isn't super powerful. 

 

*You can add another banana if you want, but I prefer some variety. My favorite frozen fruits include blueberries, mangoes, or strawberries. 

** I use Green Vibrance, but you can actually omit the powder to have a less "green" flavor.

 

Enjoy!

Ali <3