I almost always follow the same “recipe” when I have a smoothie, which is about once a week, give or take. I like variety, but this is just so good that I haven’t deviated from it much.
It’s simple, filling, and delicious (although depending on your tastes, you might like to add a bit of honey, maple syrup, or sugar; the only sweeteners here, besides the banana, are the small amounts present in the coconut milk and protein powder). Here’s how I make it:
- 1 cup Silk Original Coconut milk
- 1 banana, sliced and frozen
- 1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
- 1/2-1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Olympian Labs Pea Protein)
- 3-4 generous handfuls frozen baby spinach*
- cold water as needed to blend
Put coconut milk, banana, chia seeds, and protein powder in blender. Add frozen baby spinach to loosely fill blender cup. Put lid on and blend on grind or puree setting; remove center piece of lid and use a spatula to push spinach down, adding small amounts of water as needed. Once all the ingredients are incorporated, blend on liquefy and/or frappe for 2-3 minutes. Pour into tumbler and enjoy!
I can hardly taste the spinach, and it’s such a nutritional powerhouse! Plus, it turns my smoothie such a lovely hue.
I’ve not tried kale in a smoothie, although I know people do. Like Angela, many people also use more veggies/fruits and/or omit the banana. Yogurt is a popular thickener, as are oats (raw, soaked, or cooked — I add soaked or cooked oats to my smoothie once in a while, but raw makes it a little too powdery/chalky in texture for my liking).
Once in a while I change things up a bit, or try a new recipe. But for the most part, I stick with my tried and true favorite. What’s your preferred smoothie recipe? Have you tried adding greens? What about chia seeds… have you checked these little wonders out yet?
*I buy organic baby spinach and freeze it when it reaches its use-by date. I put it in freezer bags, press out the air, and toss in the freezer. This is optional, and the smoothie is just as good with fresh baby spinach. I just like to avoid waste and I think the frozen spinach gives a slightly better texture to the drink. Some people use boxed or bagged spinach that comes pre-frozen, too.