Monday, February 14, 2011

Greensicle Smoothie


It is another rainy day in Seattle, but it's Valentine's day! I have Ray LaMontagne crooning in the background, candles lit and am catching up on some housework while the hubby is working away. This smoothie was just what I needed to jump start my day. The green pigment is as vibrant as fresh spring grass and who doesn't want to be reminded of spring in February?!?  Oh, and the flavor is reminiscent of a creamsicle or an orange julius, just slightly grown up with a healthier edge. Also, the vitamin C from the OJ helps increase your absorption of the iron from the spinach. Give it a try!  
  • 1 c 100% OJ (I like heavy pulp)
  • 1 banana
  • 1-2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Ice
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
I add the OJ, banana, spinach, vanilla and almond milk and blend until smooth. Throw in a handful (7-10) of  ice cubes and blend before adding the scoop of vanilla protein powder (if desired). This prevents the protein powder from becoming "gummy" and adding an undesired texture to your smoothie. Pour in a pretty glass and think spring!

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