So I've been drinking green smoothies for maybe maybe a month to six weeks now and I have to say when I skip my smoothie in the morning I really miss it! They make me feel energized (I've been referring to them as rocket fuel). I drink them on an empty stomach the first thing in the morning, then maybe an hour or hour and a half I will have my real breakfast (typically scrambled eggs+egg whites with various add-ins). I have found smoothies that incorporate some fat and usually a banana serve as a full meal smoothie. They keep me full, which surprises me because smoothies have never kept me full before. Maybe it's the greens too...all that fiber keeps me full. I haven't had that success with protein powder-based smoothies (and I haven't found a protein powder I have liked yet and/or didn't give me a stomach ache), which leads me to believe it's the fiber and healthy fat that keep me full till lunch time.
I don't like to play favorites with my recipes, but this has to be the tastiest smoothies I have ever made. It tastes like homemade chocolate pudding and the greens are very much hidden by the chocolate, banana, almond goodness. I have been using baby spinach and romaine for most of my smoothies, alternating every few days, and I finally took the plunge and tried kale (baby kale, to be exact) and found their flavor totally masked.
I have experimented with this recipe a lot, and instead of posting individual recipes, I wrote my favorite variations below.
Chocolate Pudding Green Smoothie (Banana, Chocolate, Almond Green Smoothie)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 small banana, broken or cut into chunks
1 tbsp almond butter (I like Justin's Maple Almond Butter)
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 1/4 cups baby kale (can substitute other greens)
a dash of cinnamon (optional)
a few ice cubes, if desired
1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.
Note: if you are not using a high speed blender, combine the milk and the greens together until smooth, then add all the other ingredients and again blend until smooth.
- Servings per recipe: 1
- Per serving:
- Calories: 301.1
- Fat: 15.1 g
- Saturated fat: 1.9 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Sodium: 222.4
- Carbohydrate: 44.1 g
- Fiber: 11.8 g
- Sugars: 15.4 g
- Protein: 9.6 g
Chocolate Chip Green Smoothie: Substitute cacao nibs for the cocoa powder. Add them last, pulsing the blender until they are broken up to your liking.
Mint Chocolate Green Smoothie: Omit cinnamon. Add the leaves from 4-6 sprigs of fresh mint to the smoothie.
Mint Chocolate Chip Green Smoothie: Omit cinnamon. Add the leaves from 4-6 sprigs of fresh mint to the smoothie. Substitute cacao nibs for the cocoa powder. Add the cacao nibs last, pulsing the blender until they are broken up to your liking.
Mint Chocolate Chocolate Chip Green Smoothie (getting really crazy now): Omit cinnamon. Reduce the cocoa powder to 1 tbsp. Add the leaves from 4-6 sprigs of fresh mint to the smoothie. Add 1 tbsp cacao nibs last, pulsing the blender until they are broken up to your liking.
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Green Smoothie: Omit cinnamon. Substitute 1 cup sliced strawberries (fresh or frozen---I use partially-thawed) for the banana. Works with other berries (raspberries especially) but I like strawberries the best because the seeds are so small.
Potential variation: I haven't tried this, but I think it would be delicious. Stir about 2 tbsp chia seeds to your smoothie and place it in the fridge for about 20 min so the chia seeds can gel--->"instant" pudding!