Seasonal Recipes

Green Smoothie with Almond Butter

Green Smoothie with Almond Butter

This green smoothie with almond butter is a lifesaver. Most days I don’t want two, kale and spinach salads a day.  I don’t have time to make them and I like a little more variety in my life!  Saving time and making healthy food for my family are two of my top priorities when I consider our next week’s menu each Sunday afternoon.  I like to offer a lot of color on the plate.  When planning, I heavy the meal up with 2-3 fruits and veggies and I typically add an animal protein to my guy’s plate.  I am not vegetarian at all, but I have really been trying to have some plant-based meals 2-3 times a week.

Now, I do not always have time to make 3, full-blown meals a day so I have a quick, delicious, plant-based solution that takes about 3-5 minutes max.  When I run out the door to get the kids to school or teach a fitness class, I am often armed with a shake and I always carry a fresh cup of ice water!

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Here is the magical recipe that has been influenced by my love of smoothies and includes some of my all time favorite ingredients.  It is vegan, gmo-free, no additives including artificial colors or flavors and includes ingredients that are understandable and delicious.  This is how we should eat.

Blend in a Ninja or a standard blender:

  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk
  • 1 frozen organic banana (or room temperature banana with 3 ice cubes)
  • 1 handful of organic baby kale and spinach mixture ( I like baby kale because it have a much softer leaf and much easier to digest.  It also blends well.)
  • Fresh ground, organic almond butter or peanut butter (I allow the grocer to grind it for me because I have no time to make that happen in my kitchen, let’s be real.)
  • 1 TBS of ground flax or chia Seeds
  • Vegan protein mix

When I make this in the morning, my day is set up for success in terms of my nutrition.  For the rest of the day I choose for real, whole food nutrition.