First time trying a green smoothie? Start here.
I always thought green smoothies were gross by default. It’s green. It’s a beverage. What more need I say?
Greens belonged in salads, and occasionally a leaf would make an appearance in a burger if I felt like it. Why ruin the taste of a smoothie by adding a plant to it?
My view on green smoothies changed forever when I tried this:
For all the green smoothie virgins of the world, trust me: you can’t taste the greens. At all. I give you my girl scouts pledge of honour (I was never in the girl scouts, but that doesn’t mean I’m lying).
Each time I've made this for someone, they always ask for seconds. No exceptions. It’s all the goodness of peanut butter and banana with the optical illusion of green.
Let’s take a moment to give the mighty green leaf of spinach some words of appreciation.
Dietitian's Recognition: One cup (only 7 calories, but who's counting?) of this miraculous leaf provides us with >100% of our Vitamin A and Vitamin K needs. The carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants found in regions of the eyes, which is why Vitamin A helps with vision, while Vitamin K acts on our bones to reduce bone breakdown. Powerful stuff.
Beginner's Green Smoothie: Peanut Butter & Banana
▸ ▹ Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free
Yield: 1 large serving, 2 small servings
Prep Time: 5 min
Total Time: 5 min
2 bananas, peeled, frozen
2 Tbsp (30g) peanut butter
1 cup (30g) raw spinach
1.5 cups (375mL) almond milk, or other plant milk
Place all ingredients in a blender on high until well combined. Pour, serve and enjoy!
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