Recipes

My favorite color

Green has always been my favorite color. I think I can trace it back to when I was about 3 or 4 years old. My father’s favorite color has always been green, I think, in part, because he was a huge JETS fan. I had heard him say it before so, naturally, when someone asked me what my favorite color was, I shrieked “Green!” before I even had time to think about it. I was so easily influenced as a child…

Anyway, green now symbolizes a lot more than the color that makes me happy. In our society, green represents health and wellbeing and an overall feeling of positivity. Even though it’s always been a fave of mine, I’ve never been one to be eager to try a green drink. I think that I had one too many bad juicing experiences, and the fact that I’m not a fan of cucumbers or celery was not very helpful for my attempts at being a green goddess.

Cut to a few months ago. I was in a new smoothie bar and decided to take a chance on the green smoothie. One sip in, I was hooked. It wasn’t at all like the green juices I had held my breath while chugging in the past. This was nutty and refreshing, and made me full in the best way. The only thing that wasn’t a fan of this smoothie, was my wallet. If you’ll recall a few posts ago I shared that my blender had broken. I decided that it was time for a new one, and used my credit card reward points to order a pretty standard blender. Nothing fancy, just practical. I know, shocking for me. Practical? Amanda? But yes, a super simple blender with an option for making smoothies is really all you need for this simple recipe.

Here’s the skinny on my new favorite lunch.

Going Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 handful (or two, if you really want to up your green intake) organic spinach
  • 1 scoop Amazing Grass Green Superfood (chocolate flavor)
  • 1 tablespoon (or 2 if you really want the peanut butter flavor) PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 (or 1 depending on preference) frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk

Step 1:

Put your spinach in the blender.

 

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Step 2: Throw your banana in on top.

 

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Step 3: Put in one level scoop of Amazing Grass Green Superfood (I got mine at Target). I’m sure another superfood powder would work fine as well. I just love the boost this one gives me and the fact that it comes in chocolate really works nicely with this recipe.

 

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Step 4: Put in a tablespoon (or more if you’d like) of PB2 powdered peanut butter.

 

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Step 5: Pour in one cup of unsweetened almond milk.

 

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Step 6: Blend, blend, blend!

 

The great thing about this smoothie is that you can feel free to put in as much or as little of something as you’d like. Make it to fit your taste. You can add in other fruits such as frozen blueberries or strawberries if you’d like to change it up. Throw some matcha in for added benefits or take out the PB2 if you’re not a fan. The possibilities are pretty endless but the finished product is sure to be great. The calories in the recipe above total about 240, and if you were to break down the price per smoothie, it’s closer to $2 than $10. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely going to continue to splurge once in awhile and go pick one up at the nearest smoothie/juice bar, but making them at home is something that is fun, quick and easy. So why not give it a shot, right?

Happy smoothie making!

 

XOXO
Amanda

 

 

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