Green shakes are a staple in our house. I hear people talk about ‘Smoothies’ all the time but when I ask them what their recipe contains, they very rarely mention ‘greens’. It is very easy to add too much fruit, aka sugar, to your shakes. I don’t know about you, but I do not struggle to get fruit in my kids. I do however wonder if they are getting enough vegetables. We always have veggies at lunch, dinner and occasionally at snack time, but getting enough ‘greens’ in them is something I worry about. Have no fear…your kids will love this shake! Well, you may have to get them to first close their eyes, but their tastebuds will love it! My kids beg me to make the green shakes. I say beg bc our Vitamix used to be a pain to get out. We finally rearranged the kitchen so getting the vitamix out of the cabinet is not quite the ordeal it used to be. Crazy how organization can really make a difference in so many areas of your life (we’ll leave that for another blog post)!
Aside from the kids loving this shake, I love having a meal every day that I don’t have to think much about. I always make sure to have the ingredients on hand and it is so fast. It doesn’t take long to make and drinking your meal tends to speed things along. Don’t get me wrong, I tell the kids to slow down their eating all the time bc I’m a firm believer in giving your belly and brain a chance to communicate before you go onto bite number 2. But let’s be honest, if 1 of our 5 meals are fast, I’m okay with it. I already feel like 1/2 my day is spent in the kitchen. Getting lunch over quick gives me more time to spend playing with the kids!
Okay, on with the recipe:
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 frozen banana
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 serving of vanilla plant protein
2-3 heaping handfuls of spinach
I used to be good about keeping frozen bananas in the freezer but lately it has been crazy hard. I buy 5 bunches of bananas at the store, hoping to freeze possibly 2 bunches (will last us 2 weeks maybe of shakes) but those darn kids just keep eating them! Finding over-ripe bananas at the store to freeze right away is harder than you think bc our stores go through so many. Anyway, I accidently realized recently that freezing your spinach works just as well. We were going camping and I wanted to have my green shakes but we ran out of room in our camper refrigerator. I told my husband to just toss the entire container of spinach in the freezer then. It worked perfect w/fresh bananas!
Feel free to change up the recipe and add in other fruits for different flavor. Even using chocolate protein instead of vanilla will give you that chocolate fix you may want. We use bananas for the creaminess and sweetness it adds. The chia seeds are a great source of fiber, added protein, ect (https://draxe.com/chia-seeds-benefits-side-effects/). Almond butter adds a great fat and protein. Plant protein is a no brainer as far as I’m concerned. As a mom of 5, I am in desperate need of a quick meal. If I’m not at home and can not make the shake ahead of time, I am still traveling with my almond milk and protein. The spinach addition is great bc you really don’t taste it! Adding the spinach is the huge bonus here bc I KNOW we are not getting the ‘greens’ we need on a daily basis. Life is just not like it used to be (gardens and farmers markets, but rather packaged and processed).
I hope this recipe helps you and your family get those much needed ‘greens’ into your diet and finally a bit of peace of mind that you need!