You know you're a bit of a freak when your last 3 posts are about green food! ...gotta say though, I'm totally ok with that. This smoothie has been a part of my daily ritual for the past two plus years. I swear by it and try to convert my friends constantly. The question is, how am I JUST getting around to posting this recipe?! Neglectful!
I am a huge fan of breakfast, but over the years I have found that on a regular basis, for the purposes of speed, jamming in loads of nutrients and ease of digestion - a green smoothie is the perfect way to start the day. This recipe is super flexible too...I reiterate this point constantly, but the key is to always stock your house with great, health food and then when you go to make one of my recipes, use what you have instead of killing yourself to match ingredients exactly. Smoothies are also an incredibly forgiving place to throw in things that are less palatable, but super healthy (you'll never taste it in a smoothie!).
Here's the recipe.
Green Smoothie (2 servings)
2 cups almond milk (I use homemade, but you can use carton or switch with milk of your choice)
2 cups baby spinach
2 cups baby kale
2 tablespoons almond butter
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/2 banana, cut in pieces (fresh or frozen)
2 tablespoons rice protein powder
1/2 teaspoon matcha powder
1/2 teaspoon spiraling powder
2 teaspoons agave nectar (or maple syrup) *optional
Place all ingredients in a blender (or a large bowl with a spout, if using an immersion blender) and blend until very smooth. For best results, blend once on high for 30 seconds, turn off and then blend again for another 30 seconds or a minute.
*Some options for vacations include: swapping out greens for any other variety of greens you like or have on hand (lettuces, chard, other greens); swap almond butter for peanut; swap protein powder for variety of your choice (make sure to pick one that does not have a million ingredients); swap bananas for any other fresh fruit on hand, just keep the volume to a minimum to avoid too much sugar in your smoothie. You can add cocoa powder, ground cinnamon, and top with different dried fruit and nuts, cocoa nibs, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and so on to add a little touch of crunch to your smoothie!