One of my favorite blogs to follow is Iowa Girl Eats (www.iowagirleats.com). First of all, Kristin (the blogger) is an Iowa girl (me, too! me, too!) and her blog is focused on some of my favorite things: eating well, running, and travel. Iowa Girl also shares a lot of recipes–all of which look delicious, none of which I’ve tried–until today.
Today I made Kristin’s Green Monster Spinach Smoothie. I purchased all of the ingredients earlier this week and finally moved the computer into my kitchen to make this bad boy happen.
Here are the ingredients used:
1 frozen sliced banana (peel and slice the banana BEFORE freezing–I learned this lesson the hard way… ahem….)
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
½ cup 0% Vanilla Chobani Greek yogurt
1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze (or other kind of milk)
4 cups baby spinach (or more, or less)
I threw in the banana and peanut butter first (after getting the peel off and cursing myself for not doing this BEFORE freezing said banana), then added the yogurt and milk, and put the spinach on top. I blended on high until smooth. And then I blended some more. I was afraid of ‘chunks’ of spinach getting stuck in my teeth.
Admittedly, I was skeptical. I’m not a huge Greek yogurt fan and putting spinach in my smoothie did not sound (or look) appealing at all. However, Kristin promised me that I wouldn’t taste the spinach and reminded me of how good spinach is for me. Fine. I’ll try it. I’m not eating enough veggies at all…
Here’s what it looks like:
Green. Very, very greeeeeeeen.( I may have even sang a little Kermit the Frog song while blending–that’s how green this is.)
So I poured the concoction into a pretty glass, threw a straw in it, and decided to give it a shot:
And guess what????
It. Is. Deeeeeeelicious.
Cannot taste the spinach–AT ALL–mostly just get the peanut butter flavor (!!!!). Mmmmmmm.
I am blissfully happy right now. And lookie there, already got in four cups (!!!!) of veggies and it’s not even 10:30am. Awe-some.
Looking forward to throwing in some fruit (maybe some berries and/or pomegranate seeds?) next time.
Try it. You’ll like it. I swear.