Sunday, January 22, 2012

Green Goo Smoothie recipe

Disclaimer: I do NOT like vegetables and I do NOT like healthy shakes/smoothies regardless of what you put in them. Unless a smoothie has ice cream and chocolate sauce swirling around in my blender, no thanks. Hoooooooowever.... I was feeling a bit ambitious and decided to try this spinach, peanut butter, banana and yogurt smoothie recipe I found online.


No joke! It tastes like bananas and peanut butter... that's it! Definitely my new lunch replacement drink. (Sorry Slim Fast.) I just couldn't get over how good it was! I only eat spinach occasionally on my salad, so the thought of liquid spinach grossed me out.

>Insert rant about spinach health benefits here:<

  • One cup has 20% of the daily recommended fiber, which aids in digestion, keeps you nice and regular, maintains low blood sugar and curbs overeating 
  • Contains flavonoids which have been shown to significantly protect against the occurance of certain types of aggressive cancers
  • The vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc and selenium present in spinach all serve as powerful antioxidants that combat the onset of osteoporosis, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure
  • Contains the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin that protects the eyes from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration
  • The high amount of vitamin A in spinach also promotes healthy skin by allowing for proper moisture retention in the epidermis, thus fighting psoriasis, keratinization, acne and even wrinkles
...among other things.

Go ahead, give it a try. Even you picky eaters out there....

  • 1 frozen sliced banana
  • 1 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1/2 C. 0% Vanilla Chobani Greek yogurt
  • 1 C. unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze 
  • (or other kind of milk)
  • 4 C. baby spinach (more or less)

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend/liquify until smooth.

Nutritional stats (approx): 350 calories, 10g fiber, 21g protein

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