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I was a chronic breakfast-skipper until I discovered the magic of green smoothies. If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, why do so many people skip it? For me it was a time factor. But, once I discovered how quick and easy it is to make a smoothie and go, I was hooked.
My kids are great fruit and veggie eaters like me, but my husband is another story. The sauce on his pizza is as close as he gets to a vegetable some days, so when he recently joined a gym and began a quest to get back in shape I had an idea.
Smoothies are a great way to get a big serving of fruits and veggies in. It’s a lot easier to drink two handfuls of spinach than to chew it! Plus, they are so versatile with ingredients, you can adapt the flavor to suit anyone’s palate. My husband works two jobs, and gets up obscenely early to go the gym, so a quick smoothie he can take in the car was a perfect fit. I was able to grab all of my ingredients on a quick trip to Walmart.
I use a single-serve blender cup, like the Oster® Blend-N-Go® My Blend, which is great for making smoothies. You can just fill, blend & go!
I add my ingredients in the order that I feel they blend best. Start by slicing your banana. The riper the banana, the sweeter your smoothie will be, so this is a great way to use up those almost-too-ripe bananas on your counter!
Then I add two handfuls of spinach. You can really compact and squeeze this in there, because once it starts to blend it will break down easily.
Then I added two big spoonfuls of Dannon Oikos (Vanilla) Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt. This is possibly the perfect protein snack™!
Next I added Jif™ Peanut powder. Why Peanut Powder? It has 85% less fat than traditional peanut butter, and no sugar added!
Then add in your frozen berries.
Lastly, slowly pour in some almond milk. If the milk doesn’t want to penetrate the smoothie ingredients, you can use a butter knife to help it seep to the bottom. Blend until smooth, and enjoy!
This is a great breakfast when you are trying to make smarter choices, and can make a great snack, too. My favorite thing about smoothies is that you can tweak the ingredients to your taste. Add some local honey for sweetness, use fresh-squeezed juice instead of milk, or use peaches and mangoes instead of berries.
Right now Ibotta is offering $1.50 cash-back when you purchase a combination of Jif Peanut powder and Dannon Oikos (Vanilla) Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt, or a combination of Jif Creamy Peanut Butter, and Dannon Vanilla Yogurt, so it’s a great time to stock up on your smoothie ingredients!
Are you a smoothie person? What are some of your favorite ingredients and ways to make them? I’d love to hear your recipes and tips.
- 1 banana
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- 1/2 C frozen berries
- 3 T JIF Peanut Powder
- 1/3 C Dannon Oikos Vanilla Triple Zero Greek Nonfat Yogurt
- Blend ingredients together until smooth and serve cold.