Lucky Green Smoothie
Updated: Mar 17, 2018
It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day! Luckily, I was able to create a quick smoothie recipe using ingredients I already had in my kitchen. Now you know the meaning behind the name! I threw them together just in time to share with you and I’m excited to know what you think!
I’m not a huge smoothie drinker because it generally does not fit into my keto way of eating. Sure, I could have just a veggie-based drink, but no thanks. Through the years I’ve found it satisfying to eat my greens sautéed in coconut oil instead of blended, but this recipe turned out super good. The kids even enjoyed it and were excited that it was green AND sweet.
This is NOT low-carb by definition (unless you omit the banana!) but is a nutritious recipe with endless modifications. I used regular unsweetened almond milk but vanilla flavored or even coconut milk would be tasty too. You could sub out the almond butter for a different nut butter and add more fats like coconut oil for satiety and to further emulsify the mix. Almonds are a good source of vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, zinc, potassium, and selenium; even when processed into milk or butter you get some of this nutrition. The collagen protein not only thickens the drink a bit but also provides essential amino acids (those that you must ingest-they cannot be made by the body) that support the body at the cellular level and functions to maintain hair, nails, skin elasticity, joint and bone health. Power greens and banana gives you nutrients such as potassium, vitamins A and C and magnesium. Cinnamon is a known digestive aid and I include some in my beverages or meals daily.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Lucky Green Smoothie
By Krista Smith, NTP
Makes 2 large servings
3C leafy greens (I used power greens & spinach for a less intense veggie flavor)
1 ½ cups almond milk
1 large banana, preferably green-tipped
1 scoop Collagen protein powder (or 2 Tbsp grass fed gelatin)
1 Tbsp Cinnamon (more or less to taste)
¼ cup unsweetened almond butter
5 drops stevia (optional)
Combine all ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Nutrition Info per serving (according to MyFitnessPal)
Calories: 316 Fat: 20g Carbs: 23g Fiber: 7g Protein: 13.5g