Happy St. Patrick’s Day! St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. Here are the top reasons why:
- St. Patrick’s Day weekend tends to be a “kick off” to road racing season as most cities have some sort of race where everyone wears green. This past weekend I ran in the Portland Shamrock Run – race re-cap is coming soon.
- It’s a great excuse to get together with friends who have been in hibernation since New Years Eve. When I lived in Chicago, St. Patrick’s Day weekend was so fun – filled with parades, green beer and even an Irish jig or two.
- It launches conversations and planning about trips to Ireland! I’m really lucky and have been to Ireland 3 times, but it is an amazing country with beautiful scenery, lovely people and the best tasting Guinness; I can’t wait to go back someday.
I started my St. Patty’s Day off right with a delicious Green Smoothie. Smoothies are a great way to sneak in a few extra greens into your daily routine – before I drank smoothies I rarely had veggies for breakfast. Adding greens to a breakfast smoothie helps start your day off right. I even added a little mint to this green smoothie to turn this into a MUCH healthier option than a Shamrock Shake.
Ingredients / Nutrition Information:
- 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1/3 cup plain non fat Greek yogurt
- Half a banana
- 1.5 cups baby spinach
- 7 mint leaves (optional)
- 1 tbsp protein powder (optional) – I use Hemp Protein Powder when making a recovery smoothie after a long run
- A couple of ice cubes (optional)
- Put all your ingredients together, pouring almond milk in last to avoid splashes or spills and blend well with your immersion blender (or regular blender)
- Pour into a pint glass and enjoy!
- You can substitute any leafy green for the spinach – kale or chard work great
- I like to freeze the fruit over night – chop up the banana ahead of time and freeze the slices. This helps make the smoothie nice and frosty!
- If you like Shamrock Shakes, feel free to add more mint!
Questions for you: Do you enjoy green smoothies? What is your favorite smoothie recipe – green or otherwise? Post a comment to let me know and you can be a guest blogger!