I don’t know about you, but in the winter time, salads do not usually sound very appealing to me. I know, I know, I’m a nutrition nut/dietetics major/health fanatic blah blah blah, and therefore, I should loooovvveee salads. And I do. But not when it’s 20 below outside and all I want to do is curl up in a ball and eat something comforting.
Comforting to me is often a warm bowl of vegetable quinoa soup for lunch, but other times I crave something a bit more creamy and rich. Like this delicious smoothie.
As long as I’ve been inside and out of the brutal Madison weather long enough to warm my body back up, a soothing smoothie actually does sound wonderful. Especially when I know I’m getting my greens, protein, and healthy fats all in one delicious package. No salad necessary.
I mean it’d be nice if the smoothie were pink from the strawberries, but my handful of spinach results in zero taste compromise. I swear. In fact, there’s another sneaky green ingredient that is responsible for the amazing creamy, dreaminess…Can you guess what it is?
Strawberry Boost Smoothie (GF, VEGAN)
Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 serving
- 4-5 strawberries
- 1/2 banana, frozen is best
- 1/2 avocado
- handful spinach (or other mixed greens)
- 1 T ground flax seeds
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used VegaOne…it’s the very best, in my opinion)
- a few drops imitation butter extract (optional, but gives a richer flavor)
- unsweetened coconut milk (enough to reach desired thickness)
- water (optional, to thin out)
- Put all ingredients in a blender (I use the Magic Bullet) and blend until desired consistency. Enjoy!
Note: You might be able to tell there are lots of little tweaks you can make. I never follow a recipe for my smoothies. Use what you have on hand, make substitutions, add stuff in, take stuff out. Experiment a little! Some examples of ways this particular “recipe” could be changed include using chia seeds, adding more protein powder (perhaps a different brand), using almond milk instead of coconut milk, using vanilla extract instead of butter extract, adding blueberries, etc.
What are your go-to smoothie ingredients?