Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Healthy Smoothie

Jonah slept all night long.  I slept all night long.  I feel like Wonder Woman! (Minus the shiny hair, rocking bod, and cool hair band.)

I stayed awake at 6:00am after feeding Jonah, made the kids a much healthier lunch than they'll get in the lunch room, and went to breakfast with Shawn.  I gathered up clothes that don't fit the boys and took them to Goodwill.  I went to the gym, shipped a package of Shawn Cheek Bootcamp Sight Reading DVDs, and....wait for it....I washed my hair!  Maybe I AM Wonder Woman. 

After eating too much breakfast After an invigorating workout, I thought it would be a great idea to replace my ham sandwich with a healthy smoothie.  

How did I get it to be a lovely shade of green?  Andes Mints!  Not really, how could I justify this smoothie as a healthy meal replacement if I loaded it with Andes Mints. (Plus, I'd rather save the Andes Mints for when I watch reality TV in the bed tonight.)  The real reason it's green is because I loaded it with two cups of baby spinach.  I read a blog post recently that promised me if I added spinach to my smoothie I wouldn't be able to taste it.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE spinach, but mixed with yogurt and fruit....let's just say I was a bit skeptical.  Here's what I did...

In a blender I added,
2 small ripe bananas, sliced
1 cup nonfat vanilla flavored yogurt (Stonybrook Organic)
about 1 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries (Central Market)
about 1 cup frozen unsweetened peach slices (Central Market)
1/2 to 3/4 cup Apple Juice (Unfiltered Organic, Central Market, I tell ya, this is the best tasting apple juice around,)
2 T. Cold Milled Ground Flaxseed (Central Market, found on the health food aisle)
2 cups packed baby spinach leaves

Blend until smooth.  I don't have the most expensive blender on the market so I had to help the smoothie along by pushing the ingredients around while blending to get things going.  Just don't get your spoon caught in the blades!  The flaxseed has no flavor that I can tell.  It doesn't quite blend up, and can be a bit crunchy in your smoothie.  Shawn thought they were strawberry seeds so it obviously wasn't too big of a deal, and it's a natural way to add a lot more fiber to your diet.  This recipe makes two servings, each about 300 calories. 

Next time I'll try it with one less banana and more spinach.  I'm going to see just how far I can push it before someone asks why I put spinach in their drink.

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  1. Keep it up and you might be rockin' that bod!

    1. If I do get that rocking' bod remind me to not wear a Wonder Woman costume!

  2. In my head, I plan on making these for Rhett (and me) in the a.m. when he's old enough. Sounds delish!

    1. It was delish! I think you could make these easily in the mornings. It took me a little longer because I was writing down what I did, but if I was just throwing it together I'd have been able to do it in no time. Let me know how it goes when you try it.

  3. Will I have her body if I make this smoothie? :)

    1. I can't guarantee it, but it's definitely worth a shot!