Happy St. Patrick's Day!
I'll be honest. I don't do much to celebrate this holiday these days. Since I no longer frequent the bar scene and am not big on day drinking there's not much for me to partake in.
BUT I do love green smoothies so I figured I'd share my favorite recipe in honor of the holiday full of all things green.
Let me start by saying I've made a lot of really bad green smoothies. Really, really bad. Spit it out and gag bad. So now that I've perfected a delicious recipe I keep coming back to it again and again.
Hopefully my trial and error will save you the unpleasant experience of sipping a green smoothie gone wrong.
The Balanced Life Green Smoothie
makes 2 servings
2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
2 big handfuls of fresh, organic spinach (large stems removed)
2 frozen bananas, peeled
2 kiwis, peeled
5 pieces of frozen mango
2 tablespoons peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
4 ice cubes
a sprinkle of cinnamon
*sometimes I throw in a tablespoon of Philosophie Green Dream for an extra antioxidant boost*
Directions: Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender until smooth (I use a Ninja). Drink immediately for maximum nutritional benefit. If you save your smoothie for later be sure to store it in an air tight container to reduce nutrient loss.
Why cinnamon? Cinnamon acts a natural blood sugar stabilizer to help counteract the natural sugars from the fruit.
Why peanut butter? Nut butter is a great source of protein and healthy fat which again helps to off-set the blood sugar spike that can occur from the sugar in fruit.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
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