I’ve got a great smoothie recipe for you today! I have made many a smoothie in my day . . . MANY! The basis for a lot of them has always been milk, yogurt, and a bunch of fruit. But, I recently listened to a podcast (Be Well by Kelly) that said every meal you consume should have the “Fab Four” in it: fat, fiber, protein, and greens. I did a little research, decided to forgo all the fruit, add in some fab four ingredients suggested in the podcast . . . and just like that, my new favorite smoothie was born!
Here’s what you add to your blender:
- 6 oz. of the milk of your choice
- 1 scoop of protein powder
- 2 T chia seeds
- 2 T natural nut butter
- a huge handful of spinach
- Enough ice to blend to the consistency of your liking
And then blend it all together!
Doesn’t it look yummy??
This makes one full glass for me, and it tastes delicious! The spinach adds color but no flavor, I promise. I usually drink this around 7:30 or 8:00am, and by noon I’m hungry but not starving.
A few notes:
- I’ve been eliminating dairy whenever I can, so I use either almond milk or coconut milk. Both taste great. Matty makes his with regular milk. I’ve tried a sip of his, and it tastes great too . . . maybe just a tad creamier than mine.
- Even though I’m trying to eliminate dairy, I still use this whey protein. Why? Because it’s what Matty has used for years so I’ve used it before and I know it tastes good. Protein powders are tricky, in my opinion. They aren’t cheap, and it’s a bummer to waste money on one that ends up tasting poorly. We’ve had several flavors from this brand and all have been good.
- I’ve made this particular smoothie with chocolate and vanilla protein, and they are both equally tasty!
- We make our own cashew peanut butter, but any natural nut butter will do. The key is to avoid the kind with added sugar.
- About seven years ago, we invested in this pricey Blendtec blender . . . and it was totally worth it. It keeps track of the number of blends we’ve done, and yesterday I reached number 900! We also use it to make our cashew peanut butter. This particular blender totally grinds up the chia seeds so my smoothie isn’t gritty. Our $40 blender at the cottage does not. I don’t mind the grittiness, but I know some people do. I’m not telling you to go by a Blendtec or Vitamix . . . I’m simply warning you that all blenders are not created equal when it comes to chia seeds!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
And for those of you who are only here for pictures of their granddaughters (ahem, mom and Rita!) . . . here are two gems from the little boat show we went to this weekend. It was like a giant playground for the girls . . . with hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment! 😉 They had a blast going from boat to boat checking things out, and even enjoyed playing with all of the fake food setups on the boats. Lucy drinking her drink and cutting her food cracks me up!
Don’t worry; hands were washed and sanitizer was used.
Have a great week!