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Super Healthy Green Protein Smoothie Recipe

March 26 2012 - 9:15 AM

I had my very first green smoothie a couple of weeks ago, and my world was turned upside down. I was hesitant to try it considering the alarming green hue, but the combination of ingredients just sounded so delicious. Oh, and then there was the spinach. I'd seen and tried enough smoothie recipes with a bit of hidden spinach that it had me convinced enough to make my own recipe.

While the bright color may be overwhelming, the flavor is not. It's sweet, refreshing and super healthy, especially after an intense work out. Plus, it's really easy to have these ingredients on hand at all times. 

Super Healthy Green Protein Smoothie

1 frozen banana
1 1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
1 cup skim milk (almond or soy milk is fine, too)
2 tbsp orange juice
2 scoops protein powder (I used chocolate)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp Chia seeds (optional)

Combine all ingredients in your blender until the mixture is very smooth, without any spinach or banana chunks. If you don't have protein powder or would like to leave it out, it tastes just as delicious without. Using the frozen banana will keep your smoothie cold without any ice chunks.  Amazingly, the banana sweetens the mixture enough without having to add any sugar. You can also try throwing in berries to the mix. It looks a little off, but don't knock it 'til you try it. As the temperatures begin to warm up, save that $5 you usually spend at your local smoothie spot or juice bar and make this healthy drink yourself. 

–Marly Schuman