Hello, friends and welcome to this weeks edition of What I Ate Wednesday! I’ve realized that I’ve never officially posted the recipe of my go-to green smoothie and since this has been my breakfast (sometimes lunch) pretty much every day for the month of January; I thought I better give you guys the lowdown and get this up on my Recipage.
In my opinion, this green smoothie is the tastiest healthy smoothie I’ve made yet. Now don’t get me wrong, adding a little chocolate and increasing the peanut butter may be tastier, but we’re talking healthiest too! I’ve never been a huge fan of celery, but in this smoothie you’ll barely even know it’s there and you can’t taste the spinach at all.
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2-3 large handfuls fresh spinach (or other green)
- 2 stalks celery
- ¼-1/2 of a cucumber
- 1 ripe banana, frozen
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter (a handful of nuts or other nutbutter work too)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1-2 packets of stevia (a date or a little honey would work too)
- a few cubes of ice (optional)
- Combine all of the ingredients (except ice) in a high speed blender. Start with the first ingredient listed and work your way down, so the milk should be on the bottom and the chia seeds and stevia should be on the top. *If you put your chia seeds at the bottom, they will clump up and stick to the bottom.
- Blend the ingredients until smooth and fully combined.
- If desired, add ice and blend again.
- Garnish with fruit, granola and/or shredded coconut, if desired. Enjoy!
Of course, you can be adventurous and change up the ingredients. For example; try coconut milk instead of almond milk, ground flax instead of chia seeds, kale instead of spinach, apple instead of banana and/or almond butter instead of peanut butter.
Yesterday was a really busy day at work and I spent lots of time trying to get all of my tax info together to give to my tax lady, so I’m deferring from the normal What I Ate Wednesday post with pictures of everything that I ate for the day. For a more pleasant visual experience; I did put a collage together of some recycled pictures which pretty much sums up my day of eats, though. 😉
My Keurig is back in working order (for now) so I was able to enjoy a cup of Coconut Mocha coffee with 2 stevia packets and a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Breakfast was, of course, the above smoothie. I’ve been drinking the smoothies on my way to work. This works out great because I save time in the morning. Baby carrots for a mid-morning snack. Lunch was my favorite Trader Joe’s salad, the Field Fresh Chopped Salad with grilled white chicken. I added a little extra spinach. The dressing is sooooo good. Strangely enough, I didn’t have my normal apple for my afternoon snack. Instead I was feeling one of the NuGo Nutrition Bars. They’re really good and filling enough to keep me going until dinner time. I also enjoyed another little treat before dinner, though, a Starbucks Grande Veranda Blend with two pumps of sugar-free cinnamon dolce, two stevia packets and a splash of steamed breve with the foam. I waited way too long to try the cinnamon dolce…. oh, it is so good! Dinner was half a veggie club sandwich and a cup of veggie chili from McAlister’s. I totally forgot the picture… oops. This was my first time trying the veggie chili and it definitely won’t be the last.
Something to think about…..
What deliciousness did you enjoy yesterday?
If you’re a smoothie gal (or guy), like myself, what ingredient is a must in your smoothie?
Have you tried the cinnamon dolce from Starbucks? yum, yum, yum!
Have a wonderful Wednesday and be sure to click the link below to check out other What I Ate Wednesday posts!