Don’t let the color of this smoothie scare you! It is a heavenly, creamy, sweet treat. I love smoothies, especially on hot June days like this one. There are about a bajillion benefits to a breakfast smoothie. 1) You don’t have to use the oven or stove, and everyone knows those are no fun to use during the summer if you’re trying to save money on your energy bill by not turning on the AC (Or if you get yelled at whenever you turn on the AC). 2) They are healthy. 3) They are easy. I’ll just stop there because nobody actually wants me to count to a bajillion.
The problem with smoothies for breakfast is that they are never very filling. You tend to be reaching for something to eat 2 hours later. Here is where protein saves the day. It keeps you full and gives you the energy you need to get through your morning. This smoothie has three awesome sources of protein: oats, peanut butter, and chia seeds. The peanut butter and whole banana creates the creamy factor and also sweetens the deal, and if you freeze the banana before hand you’ll get an ice cream like consistency. Strawberries from one of our local fruit stands also add sweetness, and it’s those paired with the spinach that gives this smoothie the mud-like color. Usually I add more spinach and it makes the smoothie a lovely green color, but I ran out :(. The spinach is great for someone like me who is terrible at eating their veggies. I don’t know how or why, but banana always covers any trace of spinach so you never taste it.
Here’s the recipe:
- 1 tsp Chia Seeds
- 1/3 cup Oats
- 1 rounded spoonful of peanut butter
- 1 whole Banana
- 1 cup Spinach
- 1/4 cup Strawberries
- 1/2-1 cup Almond Milk (depending on if your banana is frozen or not)
Put it all in the blender and blend blend blend! Then pour into a pretty cup for instagram, because everyone knows that eating healthy doesn’t count unless you instagram it.
Tip: Something I often do to make my mornings a bit more hassle-free is freeze pre-made smoothie packs. I take a sandwich size ziplock bag and add my berries, bananas, and spinach. I just dump the baggie in my blender and then the rest of the ingredients and it cuts my smoothie-making time in half!
What are your favorite smoothies to make during the summer?