What I Ate Wednesday and My Go-To Green Smoothie

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.

{Spinach Banana Green Smoothie} Delicious and refreshing! | Hungry Healthy Girl

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.

My Go-To Spinach Banana Green Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

Serving Size: about two cups in one large smoothie cup

My Go-To Spinach Banana Green Smoothie

My favorite green smoothie! Delicious and refreshing!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2-3 large handfuls fresh spinach (or other green)
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1/4-1/2 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)

Instructions

  • 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!
http://www.hungryhealthygirl.com/2014/01/22/what-i-ate-wednesday-and-my-go-to-green-smoothie/

{Spinach Banana Green Smoothie} Delicious and refreshing! | Hungry Healthy Girl

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. ;)

wiaw Collage

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!


Comments

  1. I literally just made this smoothie :) it’s currently freezing up a bit more in the freezer though.

  2. It has been far too long since I’ve had a green smoothie. I enjoyed sushi yesterday!
    Tiff @ Love Sweat & Beers WIA (and D) WMy Profile

  3. Your pics are always so pretty– I love smoothies!
    Laura@ Fit Running Mama WIAW: Fed up with Winter and Foods Alive GiveawayMy Profile

  4. Beautiful pictures of that smoothie! The addition of cucumber sounds really refreshing.

    I’m glad your Keurig is back in working order. My brother got one for Christmas and I don’t know what my parents and him would do if it broke down. Haha.

    • Thanks, Madison. I hear you on the Keurig… I was just about to break down and buy a new one, until I got it working.

  5. I never would have thought to add celery to my green smoothie! Can you taste it a lot?
    I definitely have to have banana and peanut butter in my green smoothies! Another combo I love is pineapple, peach, and orange for a brighter flavor :)
    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves WIAW: Something Old, Something NewMy Profile

    • You really can’t taste the celery, especially if you just stick to one stalk. I love pineapple and peach too, but I’ve never tried orange. I’ll have to give that a try tomorrow because I have some oranges.

  6. I love banana green smoothies and have one every day, but haven’t tried adding celery to it. For me orange, banana and spinach is a must in a smoothie. I also love adding beets. :)

  7. It’s kind of crazy.. Despite the fact that it’s the middle of winter and crazy cold, my smoothie cravings have definitely kicked up a notch. I didn’t drink many throughout the summer, and now that it’s below freezing, I’m craving something cold and creamy? Way to make sense, body. And a must for my smoothies is definitely frozen bananas.
    Amanda @ .running with spoons. . WIAW … oats, almonds, and honey .My Profile

  8. Goodness I worked at Starbucks for just about 3 years during college. I had my fair share or skinny cinnamon dolce lattes. They were my fave for a while. Now I’m happy with a skim or soy latte with just a shake of the cinnamon dolce sprinkles on top! They were always my favorite part.

    Your smoothie looks great! I’d never think to try cucumber in a smoothie, I may give it a whirl soon!
    Jen@Twenty-Something&Starving What I Ate Wednesday #11My Profile

  9. Your smoothie looks amazing and I am going to try it today!

  10. Mmm green smoothies. So delicious no matter what you throw in there! My fav combo right now is spinach, kale, banana, pear and water (with a few other mix ins).
    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green Easy Smoked Tofu CasseroleMy Profile

  11. This has to be the prettiest smoothie, ever! Yummy
    Nichole C Whole 30 – Halfway There! {wiaw #7} #Whole30BlogChallengeMy Profile

  12. My smoothies always have greens and protein powder and lots of ice.

    Where do you buy those straws?
    Julie WIAW: A- foodMy Profile

  13. I need to start adding more greens to my smoothies, your’s looks amazing!
    Courtney @RunningforCupcakes WIAW: Banana Peanut Butter ShakeMy Profile

  14. So excited about this…my husband and I have been on a smoothie kick lately, but have yet to try a green one (shocking, right?!) Bookmarking this to get the ingredients!
    Maria@TheBrooklynFig Glute and Thigh Trimmer WorkoutMy Profile

  15. Green smoothie looks delicious! I’ve had my eye on some TJs salads, but never tried them. Yours looks delicious – I’ll have to give them a go!
    Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog WIAW #57 – A Mash UpMy Profile

  16. I have not tried the cinnamon drink but will have to! Love the background of your smoothie picture :) I also like to include frozen bananas in mine because they increase the thick consistency!
    Kaitlin MLK Day MunchiesMy Profile

  17. That smoothie looks so good! What a cute, colorful picture! I’ve been in search for a good green smoothie recipe, I’m so gonna try this out sometime. As weird as it sound, I love me some cottage cheese in my smoothies. I can’t taste the cheese it all with the fruit and smoothies, but it adds so much protein to my diet!

  18. The one ingredient that makes a difference for me is a teaspoon of cinnamon (for one serving)!
    Carrie @ Season It Already! Cottage Cheese – Countless WaysMy Profile

  19. I’ve been loving smoothies with lots of fruit lately! I buy bags of frozen mixed berries, cherries, peaches and strawberries and combine whatever I’m in the mood for and then toss in some spinach. Soo yummy :D
    Kadee-Cat WIAW #19 – Meal Repeater!My Profile

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