Saturday, April 27, 2013

Banana Vanilla Power Smoothie

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I don't live on smoothies alone.


However, it's good to know I'd be a happy camper if my wisdom teeth are taken out or I lose the ability to chew.


Yes, these are the thoughts that cross my mind at 8:45 a.m.

I think it's clear I'm not your average 20-year-old college junior. Thanks for sticking with me anyway. :)

Banana Vanilla Power Smoothie


Serves One

Total Preparation Time: Two minutes . . max

Difficulty: Easy

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-sized frozen banana (fresh works too, but frozen makes the smoothie thicker)
  • 1/2 of a small avocado or 1/4 of a large avocado (This ingredient is the key to creamy smoothies!)
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk.)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I typically choose Chobani non-fat vanilla or Cabot Low-fat plain Greek-style yogurt)
  • Two teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • One huge handful of fresh spinach
  • 1/2 scoop Pure Protein vanilla cream whey protein powder (1/2 scoop of this brand is 75 calories; if you're using a different brand, feel free to use more or less powder.)
  • Handful of ice 
 

Steps:

  1. Add the spinach, milk, yogurt, vanilla extract and whey protein to a blender. Blend for 20 seconds. I find it's best to stop and "pulse" every few seconds.
  2. Add the banana, avocado and ice to the blender and blend until all ingredients are well-combined. The amount of time this takes depends of the quality and type of blender you own. I have a bullet blender, so it normally takes about 10 to 15 seconds of pulsing to ensure no spinach leaves and ice chunks remain.
  3. Your smoothie should be pretty thick at this point. Add more milk to make the smoothie thinner, if desired.
  4. Sip through a straw, eat with a spoon, or add to a travel mug and enjoy on your way to work or school. 

     

Questions: 


  1. Are you sick of my smoothie recipes yet? 
  2. What is your favorite yogurt brand?


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