March Greens – Green Smoothie

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays.  Here are the top reasons why:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Green Smoothie

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Ingredients / Nutrition Information:

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  • 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)

Directions:

  • 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!

Variations:

  • 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!

Cheers³

Reni

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