I really have a hard time getting my family (cough cough kids cough) to eat green stuff. It’s not that he’s opposed to anything green, but he just won’t eat it unless I prepare it for him (and maybe hide it a little. No way is he eating sauteed spinach if you catch my drift. While I’m not a big fan of “drinking” all of your greens, sometimes we gotta get them in where we can! This is a brilliant idea to getting in the vitamins and minerals our leafy greens carry! I’m pretty sure when I can add fiber, vitamins A, folate, calcium, iron, and magnesium, I’m ALL in.
I’m telling you with this smoothie, you can’t even taste the spinach. And please, for the love of lifting, add some protein. I am a big fan of Gelatin but you can also use your favorite vanilla flavored protein powder. Any will do! By the time I added gelatin, I ended up splitting this shake with the kids (1/2 for me and 1/2 for them divided) I had 35g protein! Wow! Talk about a good breakfast. With the thumb of fat included in the shake, I also had a small amount that would help me full full throughout the morning hours until snack time but not be so much that I couldn’t workout after drinking. Remember, fats help us feel fuller when we are on a calorie deficit. The carbs in the banana and yogurt were also the right amount and set you up for a good ratio going into your day. Breakfast or pre-workout snack, this recipe is legit!
And for the record, my 11-yr old said “these are really good.” And it was green. And good for him. My day is complete.
- 1 large banana
- 1 cup ice cubes
- ½ cup almond milk (or milk substitute)
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- 1 rounded Tbsp. peanut butter
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ cup gelatin for added protein* or protein substitute
- Blend all ingredients until smooth, and serve immediately.