Green Smoothie Goodness

I’ve been really enjoying my green smoothies, everyday.  That says a lot coming from me… I’m not one who likes my food in the form of green,  unless it’s green – smathered in butter and cheese and ranch dip.  (I realize smathered isn’t a word, but I like it anyway ;)) Okay, I’m a responsible adult, my green stuff doesn’t ALWAYS have to be smathered in butter and cheese and ranch dip, but it sure helps!

Anyhoo, I’ve really been liking these green smoothies! I usually have one for, either, lunch or breakfast.  I never – ever – thought I would like a green smoothie, EVER!! Let alone try one. FO’ RILZ people!

I found this recipe on Pinterest (Where else, right?) The pin came from Iowa Girl Eats.

All I can say is yumm-OHHH! You really cannot tell there is anything green in here.

Green Smoothie Goodness

1 frozen sliced banana (I cut up a banana and placed it on parchment paper on top of a cookie sheet to freeze.)
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
1 teaspoon honey (You can omit this, but I think it helps hide the spinach a little more. Maybe it’s just me…)
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (greek, light, or regular yogurt)
1 cup milk (any kind)
3 big handfuls of baby spinach

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Nutritional stats:
370 calories, 10g fiber, 21g protein (this will vary slightly depending on the type of milk and yogurt you use.)

To print this recipe click Green Smoothie Goodness.

It has a nice peanut butter taste, and you wouldn’t even know it’s good for you! :D

I’ve tried other smoothies, but this, so far, is my fave.

Enjoy!

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Green Smoothie Goodness — 51 Comments

  1. I’ll have to admit that what snagged me was that gorgeous green photo! And then I saw ‘smoothie’ and choked. Well, not quite. BUT THEN I read the recipe. And yeah, I can see that this really DOES taste great. So, I saved the recipe and titled it, ‘GOOD GREEN SMOOTHIE’ (to make the distinction between that and any other pretty wretched green smoothie that might be out there. :-) Thanks for the recipe. I’m goin’ for it!

    • Exactly what Cranberry Morning said! You had me at that gorgeous non-yucky-health-food kind of color! I stopped at Aldi to get my ingredients tonight (and plan to use the PB2 choc pb powder http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005DFL4PM/ref=oh_o06_s00_i00_details that I saw on sale last week and ppl raved about) as a sub for the peanut butter. Plus it adds CHOCOLATE flavoring to the banana and peanut butter – yum! Tomorrow morning I am starting the day HEALTHY and hopefully happily! :)

      • OOPS I forgot the HONEY! :(( Well I guess I take the little healthier I made it by swapping out pb for pb powder and add a little sugar instead of honey if needed. Dangit, I should have known I’d forget something lol!

          • Well, not to be a Debbie Downer, but I went and even bought the honey, and I just had to pour a bunch of stuff down the drain. I like spinach actually, but it didn’t gel in my mind and taste buds with the sweet stuff. I took one swallow and put it back down, then went to all the kids with a fake smile and encouraging manner, and they all took one sip and said no go, too. Granted, I’m not much of a smoothie person to begin with but I was hoping to be switched over, but the kids all love them and no one was buying. Maybe I misjudged how much “3 big handfuls of spinach” really is. I just went for the same color as yours lol… oh well, I can use the ingredients for other stuff, glad I only made a single serve first time as a test so I didn’t waste too much stuff. Glad everyone else is liking them though. BTW it wasn’t bitter to me, but I could definitely taste the spinach…

          • Stacy, sorry you didn’t like it. Actually, my kids didn’t like them the first time either. They only started liking them after I added a little honey. No biggie. Not everyone has the same taste buds. Thanks for trying it, and letting us know how you liked it! :D

  2. Hello! I have been away from blog visiting for a bit, but am back, going down through my blog reads that are on my sidebar and wanted to stop by and say hello :o) My hubby and I were talking about doing some “juicing” and “healthy smoothies”…and tah dah! Will need to try this one out. Thank you for sharing this.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    If you get a chance I’d love for you to stop by and see our daughter’s progress in their baby nursery…and if you do, please do leave a comment so that I know that you were there :o)

    • Thanks Maria!
      I stopped by to check out the nursery, very cute! I love the sketches too! I tried to leave a comment, but I don’t have openID so it would not let me leave a comment. Enjoy your new grand baby! :D

  3. I have also been drinking these smoothies for the last few weeks for breakfast. This week I substituted cold green tea for the milk and I love them even more!!

    • Kim, is that you my friend? I’m shocked! Who knew you where a blogger??? :D
      Okay, let me ask you… if you don’t do the p-butter or honey, (Just banana, spinach, milk, and yogurt? Oh, and flaxseed?) how does it taste? Is it bitter at all? Just wondering… :D

  4. I’ve been wanting to make one of these since I saw it on the Martha Stewart show!!!!! I’ll have to write down your recipe so I remember to try it out! It looks very healthy!

  5. Wow! that’s a very bright green smoothie. I definitely love my vegies, but somehow I always balk at vegies in my smoothies. I’ll have to try it…someday.:)

  6. I’m working my way through my first container of Amazing Green Grass Super Food drink powder and usually choke down a scoop mixed with a glass of water. This recipe is definitely an inspiration to expand my horizons when it comes to drinking my greens. Thanks for sharing Stephanie!

  7. Stephanie, this looks great. I have experimented w/ spinach in my smoothies before, but never with peanut butter. Can you taste the peanut butter in it? I’ve mixed it with strawberries and blueberries but it ends up being a terrible color (I have to hide it in plastic glasses so the fam doesn’t notice – lol

  8. I make a smoothy with spinach: buy the fresh spinach and put the bag in the freezer. I use my magic bullet: place a half a frozen banana, frozen strawberries, frozen blue berries, or blackberries and raspberries, two handfuls of frozen spinach, Dr. Mercola’s Vanilla Protien Whey (yummy) and lastly fill with Vanilla Rice Milk and blend…Amazing! The color is not the pretty green but my kids will take this over a milk shake anyday and they range from 17 to 8 yrs.

  9. this sounds pretty good and doable, I thought maybe there will be weird ingredThanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best Par.tay!ients but most I would have in my frig. I’ll give it a try because I need to have a better start to the day! Thanks for the recipe.

  10. So we just started drinking green drinks again a week or two ago, maybe it’s the spring feeling in the air. Our recipe is close, just lots more veggies and fruits and we just go by whatever we’re feeling at the moment.I tried this to a tee and it was great. The next one I cut the milk way down, cut the PB in half and added an apple and a half of an avacado(great for your skin), not wanting to change the beautiful color (gonna serve it on St.Patty’s Day) and it was sweet, and thick, and amazing.Thanks for inspiring so many,nice! Melinda

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