When you think about superfood, what comes to mind if not green smoothies? And I would dare say this super green protein smoothie is the queen of its sort. Only three ingredients (and two optional) and nutritional benefits you wouldn’t dream about if you only tasted this thick, sweet, creamy smoothie!
I used to be a bit skeptical about green smoothies. Vegetables in you smoothie! And combined with fruit! Seriously? But as I realized it can be hard to get enough greens, particularly fresh greens, especially in the winter when you prefer something comforting and warm, I decided to give green smoothies a try. Now, I don’t know how many times I have made this green protein smoothie already!
Step 1: Nutrition Analysis
This smoothie is made with the following three simple ingredients (plus two optional): Greens of choice, cooked soybeans or other beans, frozen bananas, juice or water, and lemon juice (optional).
The soybeans add protein, natural fat, and 20% daily value of iron. The greens (spinach or bok choy) makes this smoothie rich in vitamin C and B6, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium. If you add the lemon juice, it will add even more vitamin C. Both soybeans and bok choy are also good natural sources of calcium. The smoothie is furthermore high in dietary fiber.
And all this is achieved with only natural ingredients! No protein powder here.
(Nutritional information and picture from CalorieCount.com using 1 c. fresh spinach, 1/2 c. cooked soybeans, 6 bananas, water, and 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice.)
Step 2: Make It!
Wash some greens and tear them up in smaller peices. You can use spinach, kale, bok choy, wheat grass – any greens you want and that are edible. Place 1 c. torn greens in the blender, then add 1/2 c. cooked soybeans or chickpeas. Fill up to just under the 4 c. line with frozen bananas broken in smaller chunks (about 6 bananas). Add juice or water to cover, put on the lid, and blend till smooth. Add freshly squeezed juice from 1/2 lemon if desired.
To serve, pour into four glasses and enjoy immediately! (If absolutely necessary, the smoothie can be kept in the freezer for a few minutes until serving.)
NOTE: If you like the smoothie less sweet, you can use half as many bananas (i.e. 1 c. banana pieces instead of 2 c.)
Step 3: Enjoy!
Enjoy a delicious smoothie while reminding yourself how healthy it actually is! Totally guilt free, good for you, and dessertishly tasty!
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