One of my favorite things about the summer is that it becomes a heck of a lot easier to consume cold food (because I’m one of those “it’s too hot for soup” or “it’s too cold for raw veggies” people). While this also means I’m particularly susceptible to late-night ice cream cones and froyo, it also means it’s officially SMOOTHIE SEASON! In other words, there are no more excuses not to nourish myself with this killer frozen blend of nutrients.
So, what’s the deal with green smoothies anyway? Why would I blend up and drink fruits and veggies when I could just eat a salad and a piece of fruit? I used to ask myself the same thing and it actually took a few years before I felt courageous enough to even try a green smoothie. And now I can’t believe I waited so long because they are such a fast, easy, delicious source of nutrients! Some green smoothies honestly taste more like dessert to me than a healthy meal or snack choice. (Say what!?)
This banana smoothie recipe is the one I give to friends and family who want to try their first green smoothie, but who are a little apprehensive about taking the leap. Green smoothies are such a great addition to a healthy lifestyle and, for some, just drinking one will make you feel like you’re getting healthy. Honestly, mindset is half the battle for a healthy lifestyle, so that’s no small thing! The spinach is the PERFECT power food for smoothies because the taste is easily masked by other tasty ingredients, such as a banana. Green smoothies that taste good are so important because who wants to continue consuming something that doesn’t taste good? Not me.
If you’re scared away by the chia seeds, don’t be! Chia seeds provide a great texture (there’s no real added taste) that helps you chew your smoothie. Chewing smoothies is actually really important because it starts the digestive process and helps your body understand that you’re consuming food. Additionally, chia seeds are high in fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, so they really help pack this smoothie with a nutritional punch. If you add the full two tablespoons, you’ll also find that they’re quite filling and will make you full longer (which is personally always my goal, especially if I don’t have time to eat!).
I hope you enjoy this recipe, which is currently my all-time favorite for beginners and seasoned smoothie enthusiasts alike!
This green smoothie is packed with fiber and protein--perfect for a healthy breakfast or a post-workout snack! While this recipe serves one, you can easily double the ingredients to serve more or make this a hearty meal replacement. Also, check out the step-by-step recipe video!
- 1 ripe banana (diced)
- 2 cups spinach
- 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3 Ice cubes
- Add spinach, banana, oats, chia seeds, ice cubes, and almond milk into blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour smoothie into your favorite glass.
- (Optional): Garnish with a sprinkle of oats.
Add more or less ice to achieve desired thickness. If you prefer, you can substitute for your milk of choice (dairy, cashew, coconut, etc). If you prefer more sweetness, add a tsp of honey.
Did you make this recipe? I would love to hear how to went for you! Share in the comments or tag @chasingthetaste on Instagram so I can see your beautiful creation!