A smoothie for breakfast. Unless you’re a strict bacon & eggs kinda guy or gal – a breakfast smoothie can pretty much hit the spot for anyone. It’s light, it’s fresh, it’s easy and it’s great on the go. Now I’ll be honest, I go through phases on my smoothie kicks. Sometimes the thought of pulling out the blender and getting it dirty…and washing it…..and putting it away is just too much to bear (ohhh the pain!). And then sometimes I’ll snap out of it and get it together and just make myself a smoothie for breakfast. And it’ll be the best thing ever. And then I’ll make it for 16 days in a row….and then I’ll be over it. For at least a few weeks anyway (I’m a creature of habit).
Usually when I think of a smoothie the first thing that comes to mind is…..FRUIT. A fruit smoothie right? It just sounds like the right thing to do. Well I’ve always made fruit smoothies. Berries and banana! That’s always been my favorite. It’s my kid’s favorite. I think it’s the most common thing you could blend into a smoothie. I could say it’s borrrrring, but it’s always gooooood!
In the last couple years, we had a local juice bar (Juiceology) open up in our little town of Harlingen, Texas. It was exciting to get some healthy juice and smoothie options around these parts. I got adventurous and stepped out of my comfort zone (since I didn’t have to clean the blender, ya know?) and I tried all kinds of different combinations. My absolute favorite smoothie (they call it The Hulk) is made with spinach and kale. I love it so much I had to figure out how to make it on my own because I can’t drive into town every morning to get one….and nobody delivers to my house (not even Dominoes, man). So kale and spinach – I love spinach. I’m not a huge fan of kale (I know it’s the hot new trendy leafy green out there), but I can’t even tell that there is a shred of kale in this smoothie. And I just love the IDEA that I’m eating a big salad for breakfast. Or that’s how I like to think of it anyway. I really don’t know how “healthy” this smoothie really is – I’m not a registered dietician or nutritionist – but it’s definitely a better choice than donut holes (which I also love by the way).
I like to add vanilla protein powder to this smoothie. So I guess that would make it a protein shake. But the protein is completely optional. It adds to the smoothie and makes it more filling. It definitely gets me through the morning. Whether you make a smoothie or a protein shake – it’s a great way to start the day!
- 1 c. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- Kale (a handful)
- Spinach (a handful)
- 1 tbsp. Maple Almond Butter
- 1 scoop Vanilla Protein (optional)
- 1/2 Banana
- 1-2 c. Ice
Pour the Almond Milk in the blender. And add the greens. Just about a handful of each (spinach and kale).
With your greens ready to go – flip the switch and blend it all together (don’t forget the lid!)
It should look like this. Don’t scrunch your nose and wonder why on God’s green earth you’re trying this (if you’re not a spinach and kale fan). Just keep going…..It’s magic in the works. And now you’re ready for the rest of your ingredients.
In goes the Almond Butter….
And the protein powder (only if you choose to add the protein!)
Don’t forget the banana and ice! (A little banana goes a long way…and it makes all smoothies taste good).
Flip the switch and let the blender do it’s thing. Let it run for a while then check the texture. If you prefer it a little more chunky/icy – add a few more cubes of ice and give it another whirl.
And voila! Your shake/smoothie is ready to go.
I hope you love this smoothie / protein shake. The hubs even loves it!
If you decide you love it, here are a few tips for your smoothie supplies. I love to wash my kale as soon as I get home from the grocery store. I dry it and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Same with the spinach. And anytime I use half a banana – I wrap the other half in plastic wrap and freeze the other half. These little tricks help smoothie building run a little easier in the morning. And if you’re in a real time crunch in the mornings, you can always go by Juiceology (if you’re in Harlingen) and order the real deal. Or go by your own local juice bar and make a special order!