Green-Man Smoothie

A smoothie recipe seems a little out of place during the holidays, but I figure most of us need a respite from all of the buttery sugary goodness we have been consuming. There is definitely a healthy dose of natural sugar in this smooth and creamy concoction, but nothing refined or added. The latter trigger all kinds of weird cravings and send me crashing after I eat them, so I try to avoid as much as I can.

However, about the time Thanksgiving rolled around this year, my resistance just flew out the window somewhere on I-26. Since then, I have been popping sugar bombs left and right. And my pants are feeling the consequences, too. I’m hoping my buttons don’t start busting loose in public…

But there’s good news for all of us worried about our buttons. We can still get our fat/sugar fix in this healthy and nutritious smoothie, woo hoo! I’ve been making it in the mornings for breakfast before a tough workout and it gives me the perfect amount of needed energy.

Ladies, don’t let the name deter you from this Green-Man Smoothie. It’s not manly at all, but the first time I photographed it all I could see was the face of a green man with a big ole’ nose that formed as I slowly poured the last drops into the glass from the blender. Can you see it in the photo below or am I crazy?

Green-Man Smoothie

{Printable recipe available at the end of this post.}

Green Man Smoothie

Need to take breakfast or lunch on the go? This Green-Man Smoothie is a great way to satisfy your hunger and your sweet tooth as a meal, or split it in half if you just need a snack. It’s also an energizing pre-workout meal and packed with fiber and essential vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin C, manganese, potassium, antioxidants, calcium, protein, and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Medjool dates add a caramel-like taste and avocado and banana lend a perfectly creamy texture.

Serves: 1 meal or 2 snacks

Ingredients:

  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1/3 cup banana slices {frozen, if possible}
  • 3 medjool dates
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 5-6 coffee ice cubes {or regular ice cubes}
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp raw cacao or carob powder
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter {optional}
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk {vanilla or plain}
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Directions:

  • Add all ingredients to blender and blend. Enjoy!
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Need to take breakfast or lunch on the go? This Green-Man Smoothie is a great way to satisfy your hunger and your sweet tooth as a meal, or split it in half if you just need a snack. It’s also an energizing pre-workout meal and packed with fiber and essential vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin C, manganese, potassium, antioxidants, calcium, protein, and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Medjool dates add a caramel-like taste and avocado and banana lend a perfectly creamy texture.
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • ⅓ cup banana slices {frozen, if possible}
  • 3-4 dates
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 5-6 coffee ice cubes {or regular ice cubes}
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp raw cacao or carob powder
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter {optional}
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk {vanilla or plain}
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend. Enjoy!