Mondays are for #Smoothies!

I don’t know about you but Monday mornings are tough. Maybe it’s all the excitement from the weekend or just the mental thought of “Mondays suck” but I have to drag myself out of bed. One thing that gets me up a little quicker is the thought of having a delicious Green Banana smoothie (and my kids begging for it because they are starving).

So I thought I would share my favorite smoothie recipe as my first non-book related post. Excited yet? I am! It’s only five ingredients and easier than getting a hard-boiled egg right and has more protein. It tastes like dessert but is jam-packed full of nutrients.

I’ll jump right in.

Green Banana Smoothie

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What you’ll need for 1 serving:

  • 1 large banana (I love to use frozen bananas but if you don’t have frozen that’s fine too, you can add ice)
  • 1.5 cups of milk of your choice  (I used almond milk)
  • 3 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter powder or nut butter of your choice
  • 1 cup of baby spinach
  • optional* 4 ice cubes if using fresh bananas instead of frozen

It’s simple, just add the ingredients in the order above to a blender or processor and blend until smooth and creamy . Don’t over blend as the smoothie can easily become warm. You can also pour this in popsicle molds and freeze for yummy ice pops. I recommend washing your blender and blade out immediately as smoothies get crusty and stick everywhere.

Quick nutrition facts for the recipe above:

  • Calories: about 360
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Protein: 13.5g
  • Sugars: 4g

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A note on the banana debate: Freckled bananas are a sign of ripening! This is when you should eat them! Check out http://health101.org/banana for more information about bananas and how to tell when they are ready to eat.

What do you think guys? Would you like to see smoothie recipes every week? Let me know in the comments below!

Have a good day!