So in spite of (or maybe because of) the homemade ice cream in the last post, we are striving to eat healthier here. Note: that was the only ice cream made so far this summer no matter how temped I have been to make a gallon every week.
I have seen articles, Facebook Posts and Pins on Pinterest about all kinds of smoothies and both my kids have been drinking them lately, so I decided to give it a try.
How's this for a colorful drink!?
Green Monster Smoothie! Oh my! Sooo good! There are a number of recipes and variations for Green Monster, but here is how I make mine... place 1/2 a banana (frozen), 1/2 Tbsp peanut butter, 1/2 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 1/2 a container plain or vanilla Greek yogurt into a blender. Blend until smooth. Blend in 2 cups raw spinach. I add a cup at a time and use a spatula to scrape sides as needed. I also add 5 or 6 ice cubes at the end and blend to make the smoothie thicker. I like mine thick like a milkshake.
The original recipe doubled all these ingredients, but was just too much for me. I love this for breakfast or lunch. You do NOT taste the spinach. In fact, the main taste is the peanut butter. It is a bit sweeter with vanilla yogurt, but I like it with plain also and plain has fewer carbs, so that is what I use most times.
I am totally sold on Almond Milk! I use unsweetened vanilla in smoothies and in a lot of cooking.. and on cereal. I love just plain unsweetened also for cereal and cooking. And Silk makes a Dark chocolate one that is amazing when you just want a sweet treat! The calcium in Almond Milk is double that of cow's milk and the calories are a fraction! A great alternative to dairy.