Happy St. Patrick’s Day y’all! My perfect drink to salute to this day? Nope. Not a green beer. A perfect, delicious, healthy green smoothie packed with vitamins, protein, fiber and did I mention…deliciousness? What better way to celebrate the Irish culture?
I’ve always loved smoothies, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I really began enjoying (or even knew anything about) green smoothies.
Sometimes I get dragged down by my typical breakfast – bagel with peanut butter, banana, and chia seeds, and I want to spice things up. I also try to start my morning off with something green – my thought is that maybe this will motivate me to eat healthy throughout the day. And trust me, it does.
I know green smoothies have been around for awhile now, but I still think a lot of people are afraid to try them because they don’t look very appetizing. So, what is a “green smoothie” you ask? Well, it’s a smoothie that’s green! Duh. Green smoothies get their green color because they contain something green. Simple right? Most likely a vegetable like spinach, kale, cucumber or parsley. Green smoothies can be made with a high speed blender. I make mine with a NutriBullet.
Some of my favorite ingredients to use in green smoothies include: spinach, cucumber, apple, lemon, strawberries, lime, blueberry, kale, banana, nut milks, coconut milks (or other non-dairy milks), orange juice…and on and on…
While all of these ingredients make for an excellent green smoothie, I always find myself going back to my “original” recipe – my very first green smoothie!
And, for any green smoothie newbies, I highly recommend starting with this recipe (or something similar), but I encourage you to eventually experiment with kale, romaine lettuce, or other leafy greens.
In the meantime…
St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- 1-1.5 cup(s) baby spinach
- 1 large ripe frozen banana, chopped in half
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Handful of your favorite fruit – I love blueberries!
- 3 ice cubes
- Add all ingredients into a high speed blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
The first time Bryan saw me drinking one of these I thought he was going to throw up…but he was brave enough to try it and even he agrees, it doesn’t taste like spinach. I believe his words were, “wow, that’s really good.” Bryan tested. Mandy approved.
So cheers to green smoothies! And Happy St. Patrick’s Day.