Looking for a delicious green smoothie and that is high on protein and low in sugar? What if I told you that I've got just the recipe and it tastes so good that my kids fight me for it? It's true!! I make this smoothie, most often as breakfast for me and a mid-morning snack for the boys, at least three times a week. Yesterday I finally took the time to measure what goes in the blender and take a few photos so that I could share it with all of you! With the sweetness of banana, the nuttiness of almond butter, the creaminess of yogurt, and the nutritional power of flax seed and leafy greens a smoothie doesn't get much better than this. Did I mention that there is no added sugar and my kids love it?!
This is great excuse to freeze slightly over ripe bananas or those discarded sections that get forgotten in their skins. (Please tell me I'm not the only one with kids who do that!) Fresh bananas work just fine but frozen bananas are ideal here. Also, please use the quantities outlined here as loose guidelines, I never bother with measuring cups when I'm making this simple smoothie. As for greens, I'm a big fan of the power greens blend of baby kale, chard, and spinach you can find at most markets, but this smoothie is also beautiful with full grown kale or spinach.
If you want to ensure that your kids at least try this green concoction, might I suggest you let them help make it? As I said before measuring is very optional and blending is a pretty great way to "cook" with kids. Ronan loves getting to use tongs to add the greens and Jude loves cracking and adding the ice. We all fight over who gets to lick the almond butter spoon!
Might I also recommend these stainless steel straws*? Not only do they look cool, they are better for you and the environment!!
Banana Nut Green Smoothie
Yields enough for two adults or an adult and two kids
- 1 large banana (preferably frozen)
- 1 cup plain yogurt (full fat greek is my favorite)
- scant 1/4 almond (or peanut) butter
- 1 heaping Tablespoon of ground flax seed (whole works too)
- 4-5 ice cubes
- 3 large handfuls of leafy greens
- 1/2 cup of water
- Place all of the items in the pitcher of a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately!
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