Green Breakfast Smoothie
Every year when January rolls around, I always go into smoothie detox mode. I want ALL of the smoothies and all of the time. I’ve been feeling like I need to incorporate more veggies into my diet throughout the day and putting them into a smoothie is such an obvious idea, but truth be told, I’ve never really been into “green” drinks.
The the flavor of the greens HAS to be covered otherwise its a no for me. I’ve tried different recipes quite a few times and have never been content with the flavor so I just move on with life, but I finally got a recipe down where you really cannot taste the spinach!
In fact, even Madeline, one of the pickiest eaters ever, LOVES this smoothie! We’ve been drinking these almost every day.
My favorite “trick” for creating thick and creamy smoothies is using a frozen banana. You’ve probably heard of “nice cream”, right? Blending up frozen bananas for a couple of minutes gives them that ice cream-like texture and thickness. So, I recommend letting your blender run for up to 4 minutes or so. This may seem like more time than necessary to blend everything, but the extra time really helps that banana get thick and creamy creating the dreamiest smoothies!
I also add frozen mango to this smoothie and a couple of tablespoons of nut butter. You can use almond butter or peanut butter, though peanut butter has a stronger flavor to cover up the spinach which is probably why I can get Maddie to drink it!
This green breakfast smoothie is definitely going to be sticking around in our house!
- 1 medium frozen banana*
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1-2 tablespoons almond or peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon ground flax (optional)
- 1 cup milk
- Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend on high speed for 2-4 minutes until thick and smooth (note: you can use less milk for a thicker smoothie and more milk to thin if needed).
When freezing your bananas, be sure to peel them first. I like to freeze mine after they ripen. Toss away the peel and store in a freezer bag until ready to use!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 331Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 197mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 6gSugar: 20gProtein: 12g