I just had to share with you the mid-morning snack I have been enjoying lately. It is a blueberry, banana smoothie with spinach thrown in for good health. It is super easy to make, tastes wonderful, and is low in fat. So many good qualities in a smoothie. But that isn’t why I like it. I just think it tastes good. It is so slushy and creamy, it is like you are drinking a milkshake. Although I prefer chocolate milkshakes, this smoothie is the perfect morning or afternoon snack when you don’t want the calories or fullness from a shake. One thing I love about it is it doesn’t contain yogurt. I love yogurt, but not in smoothies for some reason. Not that I’m picky or anything! But when something is good for you and tastes great, there is no reason not to be picky.
Another great thing about this smoothie is it only contains four ingredients that I usually have on hand. You need to plan ahead a tiny bit by freezing a banana and a bag of blueberries. Make sure you peel the bananas first or it will be hard to get off after it is frozen. When my bananas are starting to get brown, I just peel them, put them in a baggie, and place them in the freezer to have on hand. Then when you are ready for a smoothie, just throw a banana and some blueberries in your blender along with some orange juice and a handful of spinach.
Blend all the ingredients up and pour it in a glass. So simple. I love how thick it is!
I think even kids would enjoy this because all you really taste is the banana and the orange juice and the blueberries give it a fun color. The spinach is not even noticeable. It just gives you lots of vitamins. Every time I go to the eye doctor, she tells me to make sure to eat my greens as it is important for eye health. This is a yummy way to get good eyesight!
You’ll have to give this a try and let me know what you think. I’m not going to be giving up milkshakes anytime soon, but since I really can’t afford to eat them every day, this is a great substitution. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Blueberry, Banana Smoothie
- 1/2 c orange juice
- 1/2 c frozen blueberries
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1 handful spinach, approximately 1 cup
- Place all ingredients into a blender.
- Mix until well blended.
- Pour into a glass and serve immediately.
Recipe from Cook AZ I Do, slightly adapted from Barefeet in the Kitchen