Today I'm sharing a couple of smoothie recipes that will have you excited for breakfast each morning. My secret for creating the perfect smoothie is a frozen banana (you will thank me later for this)! It makes for the creamiest smoothie and almost always eliminates the need for ice. Slice up a ripe banana and place in a Ziploc bag or freezer safe container. When you're ready for your smoothie simply grab it and toss into the blender with other ingredients. This also means you have some frozen banana ready to make my banana chocolate "ice cream" when your late night sweet tooth strikes!
Basic Green Smoothie
Blend 1 frozen banana with 1 cup nondairy milk of choice (I use almond). Once creamy, add 2 handfuls of spinach or 1 handful kale leaves (stems removed) and blend.
Fit Mama Green Smoothie
Make the basic green smoothie above. Add 1 Tbs nut butter of choice, 1 Tbs ground flax seeds and protein powder of choice (I like to use pea protein or Vega brand unflavored or vanilla) and blend until well combined. Add more milk until desired consistency is reached.
Blueberry Banana Green Smoothie
Make the basic green smoothie above (adding more milk if needed to reach desired consistency). Add 1/2-3/4 cup frozen blueberries, 1 Tbs almond butter (or nut butter of choice) plus 1 Tbs ground flax seeds or Chia seeds and blend.
Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie
Follow the same steps for the blueberry banana green smoothie, but add frozen strawberries in place of the blueberries. This one is even good without the nut butter if you're looking to shave a few calories and don't need the filling healthy fats.
Malibu Lean Gene Protein Smoothie
This recipe comes from one of my favorite health/vitamin shops in Malibu - The Vitamin Barn. I could get lost in this place there is so much product to browse. Blend 1/2 frozen banana, 1 Tbs coconut oil, 1 Tbs almond butter, 1 date, 1 tsp matcha green tea powder, 1 scoop "California Greens" powder (I use Amazing Grass Green Superfood), protein powder of choice, and enough almond milk to reach desired consistency. This is a great breakfast option since it is more filling and has a little caffeine from the matcha. Just be sure not to have this for a late afternoon snack or you might be up all night especially if you're sensitive to caffeine!
What creative ways have you found for increasing your intake of leafy greens? Which of these smoothies are you going to try over the weekend?