Sometimes you have those days where you just need a meal on the run, or the perfect afternoon snack is something frozen & delicious and preferably not of the ice cream variety (at least not every day!). We tend to throw spinach in most smoothies, for better or worse, but this option is definitely for better.
Even though there is a TON of spinach in here (we usually add last and simply fill up as much as will fit in our blender) – it really becomes pretty tasteless, masked by the peanut butter/banana flavor. I don’t think anyone will be upset about that – tasting more like a dessert but your body still benefits from the iron, antioxidants, beta-caroten & vitamins A, K and countless more – that any meal or snack would be lucky to give you. This is a pretty low-cal treat before adding the peanut butter (so don’t let the total calorie count freak you out if it’s a snack) – remember that the peanut butter is adding some heart-healthy fats that actually will help your body better absorb the nutrients from the spinach. Enjoy!
Peanut Butter-Banana-Spinach Smoothie
1 frozen sliced banana
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 cup 0% plain greek yogurt (or vanilla if you need to ease your way into green smoothies!)
1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze (or other kind of milk)
4 cups baby spinach (or more, or less)
1 tbsp chia seeds
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
About 350 calories, 10g fiber, 21g protein