me: "It's so green and pretty. What's in it?"
Becca: "Baby spinach, peanut butter, a frozen banana, milk, oats-"
me: "Wait, spinach?"
Becca:"But it doesn't taste like spinach. It's good! I had one and felt really full and healthy for the whole morning."
Hmmm, this is worth a try. I had some spinach left in the fridge and the other ingredients around as well. Why not? If all else fails, I'll make myself some super delicious (and not quite as healthy) French toast dripping with syrup. Mmm :)
And holy crap did I enjoy it! Honestly, I thought I'd have to suppress my gag reflux to get this down. It is with the Girl Scout's honor that I can say I proudly and willingly drank the entire thing and even went back for seconds (two total glassfuls). I couldn't taste the spinach at all, but the peanut butter and banana really stood out to me and a hint of the vanilla from the protein powder came through as well. I really really recommend this! I had it for breakfast around 9:15 and was totally satisfied... until I saw the clock at 12:42 and remembered I had quiche in the fridge that I'd made the night before. Time for lunch! :) (Thanks again, B!)
Green Monster Smoothie
-adapted from Iowa Girl Eats
2 handfuls of baby spinach
1/4 cup old fashioned oats (or quick-cooking, if you have those instead)
1 cup milk
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
1 banana, unpeel and wrap in plastic and freeze for a few hours or overnight
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (optional)
Handful of ice cubes (optional)
Slice frozen banana and add to a glass pitcher (or pitcher of stand blender), along with spinach, oats, protein powder, peanut butter, and milk.