This Green Machine Spinach Smoothie is packed with peanut flavor. It’s one of the best ways to make sure you get greens into your everyday schedule.
As soon as the weather starts to warm I begin to crave smoothies again. There are a few that I make every week during the summer. Spinach or kale are usually my featured ingredients since they’re readily available in my garden.
If you’ve ever wondered how much spinach or greens you should be adding to your smoothies – keep in mind that 2 cups of leafy greens is equal to 1 of your daily vegetable servings (2.5 servings per day)…so drink up to your health!
A quick reference chart for vegetable serving equivalencies can be found here.
This green machine smoothie is a combo that I could make everyday. It features peanut butter which is high in fat, so I use powdered peanut butter which has all the flavor, but 85% less calories from fat. It’s easy to consume too many calories when you make smoothies, so this is a way to keep this one to 400 calories.
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 cups fresh spinach, packed
- 3 Tbs peanut butter powder or 1.5 Tbs regular peanut butter
- 1.5 - 2 cups almond milk, unsweetened (add more depending on your preferred consistency)
- 2 pitted dates or more depending on how sweet you like it
- 2 tsp chia seeds or flax seeds (optional)
- ½ tsp cinnamon, more to taste
- Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth!
- Adjust the amount of milk based on your thickness preference.
- If you prefer a cold smoothie, you can always freeze your banana in pieces ahead of time. I keep frozen banana in the freezer all summer for this very reason. You could also blend in a little ice, but I find that takes away the flavor.