I started writing this recipe down with the name, “Chocolate-Peanut Butter-Banana Breakfast smoothie”, but quickly scratched that name. Why? Because this is an anytime smoothie. Breakfast-Brunch-Lunch-Lupper-Supper Smoothie does not have the same ring to it, so we are naming this simple smoothie recipe (an old faithful) the “anytime” smoothie recipe.
On Friday at Jazzercise, I told my class that I often had this for breakfast, or that people could make this for dessert. I saw people making strange faces as I tried to explain the recipe amidst an abdominal workout, and quickly realized that they couldn’t remember details of a recipe, while doing crunches. So I promised to get it on the blog for my Jazzer-pals, so they could partake in this fantastic meal.
Seriously, friends, I eat this for breakfast quite often. It’s super-filling, I get many servings of fruits and veggies, calcium, fiber, protein, etc…..and I can eat it on the go! I’m not going to win any originality points for this recipe, as I’m not the first to share this idea on the interwebs, but here’s my version of a healthy breakfast smoothie.
The one caveat is that you drink your meal. If you mentally need to “chew” something to feel like you’ve eaten and chewing carrots just isn’t going to cut it, I would recommend you drink half of this and a piece of whole wheat toast or something. Occasionally, I’ll add an egg to the side of this meal (NOT IN THE SMOOTHIE), and seriously, I’m satisfied for a long while.
I have had a few tell me that they don’t like the flavor of banana in their smoothie. Two thoughts:
1) Make sure your bananas are very ripe.
2) If that’s still not gonna cut it, just do other fruit! This summer smoothie I posted last year seriously tastes like decadent sherbert.
Get ready for some super technical recipe skilz:
To your blender add:
:: 1 cup of milk (1% around here, but you could use any milk product of your choice, almond, coconut, rice, etc)
:: 1 large handful (about 1 cup) of fresh spinach
:: 1.5 very ripe, frozen, medium bananas (or 1 large), sliced
:: Handful of frozen strawberries (about 1/2 cup?)
:: 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter (or any nut butter of your choice)
:: 2-3 teaspoons of cocoa or carob powder
:: Optional: chia seeds or flax seeds
Blend. Drink. Be Satisfied.