I’m not sure when green smoothies became popular. Growing up (and still today) my mother always made shakes for a quick meal on-the-go or as an afternoon snack. They would include plenty of fruit and protein, but never any vegetables. Getting enough servings of fruit in each day hasn’t been an issue for me, but vegetables are another story. Sometimes, I’ve been known to purchase supplies to make salads for the week and than something in our schedules shift and the lettuce goes uneaten.
We all know eating dark leafy greens are really good for our bodies, so when I started seeing spinach smoothies popping up a few years ago I was very excited. Smoothies really are the perfect way to pack in a lot of extra nutrients with minimal effort.
Remember the plethora of bananas I had lying around a few weeks ago? Besides baking my favorite banana bread, I also created a new favorite smoothie concoction. Jordan prefers several fruits to be blended together; he loves the flavor profile to be bursting. I prefer simplicity of taste, allowing the fruit to compliment, and not to overpower.
This is a great go-to smoothie base, but it also works well on its own. The banana creates a rich creamy consistency reminiscent of a (dairy-free) milkshake.
Spinach Banana Smoothie
Almond or Coconut milk
1 to 2 bananas depending on size
A huge handful or two of spinach
Ice (only if your bananas aren’t frozen)
There is no right or wrong way to make a smoothie. I just pour and adjust the increments as needed.
What are your favorite smoothie combinations?