Monday, July 9, 2012

Healthy GREEN Breakfast Shake

Okay, so I was on Pinterest looking up different healthy shake and smoothie ideas when I came across several recipes (all different) for a Green Monster Smoothie. It seems as though these smoothies in all of their incarnations are somewhat of an internet sensation. I looked at the variety of ingredients and frankly I was terrified. I mean they all sound good until you got to the baby spinach. Why oh why would you put spinach in an otherwise delicious shake?  But then I said to myself, you are always preaching 'no fear' and seriously what is so horrible? I mean I like baby spinach right? SO I decided to make a version of this shake. It is not exactly the same but it is very similar. I just tweeked it to my own tastes. I put everything in the blender and hit puree. Wow...it was literally NEON green. I was scared....really scared. I took a sip....................................and it was delicious! No foolin', it really was. I even made the kids and hubby try it. I got the raised eyebrow sceptical face from all of them. However, they had to agree that it was not bad...a few claimed it was very good even!
Besides; spinach is fat free, cholesterol free, low in calories, and very low in sodium and spinach is an excellent source of vitamin A, C, K, iron, fiber, folate, and lutein.

So, if you are feeling a little brave. Give my version of this shake a try. All you really taste is  the peanut butter and banana, nothing else really stands out. There are optional add ins but are not at all necessary for a healthy delicious shake.




Healthy GREEN Breakfast Shake

prep: peel and slice a banana, put it in a ziploc and freeze.

ingredients:

1/2 a frozen banana
2 tbl peanut butter (or your fav nut butter)
1/2 cup plain (or vanilla) Greek yogurt
2/3 cup milk (whole, low fat or skim - you can even use soy or almond milk)
1/2 vanilla
3 cups fresh baby spinach

completely optional add ins:
2 scoops of 'It Works' Greens (nutrional suppliment)
or
1/2 scoop vanilla whey protien
or
1 tbl flax or chai seed


Throw it all in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Add milk if needed to achieve the 'thickness' you prefer in your shakes.

Like it? Why not try other frozen fruits (pineapple chunks, strawberries etc to change it up a bit)?

1 comment:

  1. There is a Vietnamese restaurant here that makes an Avocado shake, maybe you should give that a whirl.

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