Friday, August 17, 2012

Green Smoothies!

Yep, you read the title correctly.  I'm LOVING my adaptation of these green smoothies.  When I have all the ingredients I drink one a day, replacing breakfast or lunch.  And the boys are loving them too!  Even the Big Dog drinks one on the weekend. It's so appropriate that I drink my green smoothie from my wonder woman glass because these drinks are PACKED with good stuff to make me stronger.

Although I first found the recipe on Pintrest, with the original post here, I have adapted it a bit, so I want to share with you my tips, tricks, and adapted recipe.  Let's start with the recipe:

Lori Lynn's Green Smoothie
1 frozen over-ripe banana
1/2 Tbs peanut butter
1/2 C. vanilla non-fat yogurt
1/4 C. skim milk
TONS of fresh spinach

Fill the bowl of your food processor with fresh spinach.  Take a frozen banana and slice it.  Place slices into the food processor bowl.  Add yogurt, skim milk, and peanut butter.  Start by pulsing to get the bananas broken up a bit.  Then turn the food processor on full blast and let it grind away for at least three minutes making the smoothie smooth.

Pour into a 24 oz glass.

You don't taste spinach at all.  It's cold and refreshing.  There's a hint of peanut butter in the background.  And it is so chock-full of good things for you.  I really love them.

And now for the tips:

  • use over-ripe bananas.  I let mine sit on the counter until they have brown spots all over them.  We tried really fresh still a bit green bananas, because that's the way we like to eat a fresh banana, and we HATED those smoothies.  It changes the consistency and the flavor.
  • I freeze my bananas whole so that I know for sure I'm getting one whole banana in my smoothie.  When I need to slice it for the food processor, I use a thin knife that is really meant as a bench scraper.  It slices through frozen bananas like nobody's business.
  • Pulsing the food processor first keeps the contents from gumming up on one side of the blade and starts the process smoothly.
  • You can stop and scrape the bowl, but I find if I let my food processor work long enough it gets all the bits that hang on the top of the bowl
Give 'em a try.  I am really glad I did!

1 comment:

  1. I love green smoothies! I may need to buy a new blender. I misplaced the lid to my blender in the move and I have not been able to use it at all. I have a whole carton of spinach and reading your post makes me want to fix a smoothie. :)

    I really love your Wonder Woman glass. That is seriously neat. I used to have Wonder Woman underoos when I was a kid. It is the family joke around here. My mom took pictures of me when I was a kid wearing these. :)