My Green Protein Smoothie

After experimenting with several green smoothies, I finally concocted this. I can barely taste the greens, and the baby spinach has a milder flavor than regular spinach to begin with. You can tweak this to taste, but it's a terrific green smoothie as is, and a very healthy recipe. It gives me energy without the jitters, and it tastes great while packed with health benefits.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped kale

  • 2 cups baby spinach

  • 1 ½ cups frozen sliced strawberries

  • 10 ounces plain fat-free Greek yogurt

  • 1 medium banana, cut into chunks

  • ½ medium unpeeled apple, diced

  • 1 scoop vanilla-flavored whey protein powder

  • ½ teaspoon white sugar

Directions

  1. Combine kale, spinach, strawberries, yogurt, banana, apple, and protein powder in a blender; pulse on low speed until ingredients are broken up and gently mixed. Increase to high speed, and blend until smooth and greens are broken down, 30 to 60 seconds.

  2. Taste and add sugar if you like.

Cook's Notes:

I follow a macronutrient ratio of either 40/40/20 or 40/30/30, and this smoothie is brilliant--filling, tasty, super healthy, and with the protein powder it won't make your blood sugar spike and fall.

I make this a few times a week as an appetizer or dessert to accompany a light dinner and it's great. Even my non-dieting husband loves it. It is also ideal as a small pre- or post-workout meal.

With the vanilla whey protein powder, I don't need to add any Splenda(R) or sugar at all; it's sweet enough for me, but for an extra kick, a pump of DaVinci(R) raspberry or other flavored syrup makes it kind of dessert-y.

You can experiment with the amount of yogurt you like, depending on the consistency that appeals most to you. The frozen berries are a must in my opinion.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

336 Calories
2g Fat
50g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 336
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 215mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 164mg 819%
Calcium 152mg 12%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 960mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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