Yes, this smoothie is as delicious as it sounds! It’s a great source of fiber, protein, calcium, iron, and too many antioxidants to count! Another thing I love about this drink—with 17 grams of protein, it really sticks with you even though it isn’t packed with calories. Don't hesitate to serve it to your kids too. My two year old loves it.
When choosing ingredients, I always recommend organic products. They’re healthier and typically taste better. Feel free to modify this drink but don’t leave out the peanut butter or your favorite nut butter! It makes a huge difference in the flavor and the drink just isn’t the same without it. I have used sunflower seed butter and liked it.
I've tried a couple different types of protein powder in this smoothie. A scoop of Vega One vanilla nutritional shake also tastes good. It’s slightly sweeter than the Garden of Life RAW protein powder.
Occasionally, I add a little cardamom or pumpkin pie spice powder. My husband likes to add maple syrup or coconut palm sugar to increase the sweetness factor. Either way, it always tastes like an oatmeal cookie.
1 cup ice cubes
2 cups water
1 cup organic milk—I used 1%, but almond or coconut milk would also taste good.
1 scoop RAW protein powder, vanilla
2 Tbsp organic peanut butter or your favorite nut butter
2 tsp organic cinnamon
¼ tsp. organic pure vanilla extract
1 cup organic spinach
Blend all ingredients on high for several minutes, or until the liquid is very smooth. Drink right away. Yum!
This nutrition information is for one smoothie.
In Health and Happiness,
Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods