Like many of you, I make a lot of green smoothies. Since the current recommended daily allowance for vegetables and fruits is between five and THIRTEEN?! I mean, I can only make a salad so big before I feel like I’m feeding rabbits. Hence, why I like adding smoothies to the daily routine. But I have a hard time getting my 10-year old to drink the sometimes “cut grass” tasting smoothies my husband asks for in his quest to keep sugar grams (even natural-sourced) to a minimum. This same little boy, who loves sushi and has also been known to say “we should have sardines again for dinner!”, has NEVER liked bananas (what?), which has me scratching my head especially since bananas are such a super-food.
On a recent visit, Chris made a simple smoothie for Ryan and now he requests this same smoothie EVERY day! Perfect for so many reasons –
- It requires very few ingredients
- It’s a powerhouse with the spinach and banana
- It’s filling and satisfying, which I love when that Afternoon-Binge-Monster tries to take over my body. AND…
- It is DE-licious!
Blend the following ingredients into a powerful blender to yield two frothy 12-ounce servings (Quantities don’t need to be exact):
- One very ripe banana (medium, about 7″)
- 4 cups loosely packed fresh spinach leaves, or 2 big handfuls
- 1 cup milk (I use whole milk, but the nutrition information below is using 2% milk since that is more commonly used) Update: I also have it on good authority that it’s delicious with almond milk.
- 6 ice cubes
- Optionally, also add 1 Tablespoon chia seeds if you have them
Pour into two tall glasses and enjoy!
Nutrition info per serving (without chia seeds): Calories 135, Total fat 2.9g, Sat. fat 1.6g, Cholesterol, 10mg, Potassium 769mg, Carb. 22.4mg, Fiber 3.g, Sugars 13g, Protein 7.2g, Vitamin A 118%, Vitamin B6 23%, Vitamin C 37.5%, Calcum 7%, Folate 32%.
Ryan likes this so much he thought we should share it with some of his friends…. Well, 3 out of 4 of these boys thought it was “totally awesome!” and would recommend you try it “for sure!”. In asking for feedback from my young friend who only held the cup up to his mouth and never let the smoothie get past the dam he’d created with his lips… “If it wasn’t green, I might try it.” So, if you have that problem… maybe use a blindfold or put it in a green glass?
I know this is not some new, “never thought of putting those ingredients together!” recipe. But since it tastes like a treat and adds an additional 2 servings of vegetables and 1 serving of fruit to your day, I’m drinking it too since it is chock full of healthy things you need for under 140 calories! I am just looking out for you, my friends.