As promised, I’m finally sharing my favorite green smoothie recipe with you guys. I make a smoothie every day in the summer for breakfast, and every few days in the winter as a snack. During the colder months, I can’t function without a hot breakfast, but by the afternoon I usually crave something sweet which is where this guy comes into play.
Although I have a lot of ingredients that I like to change up, this recipe is my go-to, the one that has stood the test of time. I don’t think I can ever get sick of it!
I wanted to highlight a few of the ingredients I use for added health benefit and why, so you can see that this odd-colored drink is just as nutritious as it is delicious.
I use a pasture-raised, grass-fed, non-GMO, collagen peptide powder that packs in 18 grams of protein per serving and is made with literally one ingredient, and isn’t pumped with flavors or sweeteners which I love. I generally hate the taste of artificially flavored/sweetened protein powders, so this one is great for me as it doesn’t add any flavor at all to the smoothie. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and taking it in this format promotes healthy hair, skin, nails, joints, and bones, and helps in your digestion process. Plus it fills you right up!
I add chia seeds to pretty much everything. When I worked for Joy Bauer at Nourish, she used to call them “nutrition sprinkles”. They’re full of omega-3 fatty acides, minerals, vitamins, and soluble fibers. They’re an easy superfood to eat because they have virtually no taste, so you can put them on anything from salads to soups, to smoothies, to oatmeal. The tiny seeds expand in your stomach, which keeps you fuller for longer. Win/win much?
I heard once that sunflower seeds were good for seasonal depression, so I looked into it. Turns out, they contain magnesium which has been proven to help people suffering from mild depression. I started adding them to my smoothies (especially in the winter) for that reason, and then found out that they also contain selenium which is great for thyroid health.
1 cup, milk of your choice (I prefer Califa Farms unsweetened almond milk because it’s free of carrageenan and has a much smaller ingredient list than most of the non-dairy milks)
1 large handful, fresh spinach (You can use frozen if you want, but with greens, I think it ruins the consistency and taste)
1/2 frozen banana (I keep halved frozen bananas in a big zip lock in my freezer at all times for easy access)
1 small handful, fresh or frozen berries (I use blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and sometimes cherries depending on my mood!)
1 scoop, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
1 tablespoon, chia seeds
1 tablespoon, raw almond butter or small handful of raw almonds (Peanut butter is great for other smoothies but in this one, it takes over with flavor)
1-2 tablespoons, sunflower seeds
Blend ingredients and enjoy!
Yum looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try.
xo elle // https://splashofpreppy.com
I’ve wondered whether the collagen would blend well without being dilluted in warm water, etc. So excited to try as a I have a lot of it. Now I just have to research to ensure it’s safe for pregnancy but I assume it must be since it’s so pure.
One of my pregnant friends takes it every day so I’m pretty sure it’s good to go. But definitely look it up anyway 🙂
Love this simple recipe! Definitely need to look into the collagen!
Pink Champagne Problems
Adding this to my smoothie list!
Yum!! I am a big fan of smoothies! I usually make them in the afternoon for my kids as an after school snack. Definitely giving this a try!
Taffeta & Tulips
Yum! I’m a big time smoothie lover and can’t wait to try this one….almond butter in smoothies is always a good idea :))
This looks so tasty! I’m also inspired to go pick up some chia seeds. Anything that keeps you full for longer is a win in my book!
x diana // http://www.dianapearl.com
I totally agree! They’re great on everything too.
I usually can’t get my workout in until after work so I rely on smoothies when I come home absolutely ravenous! My favorite green smoothie is peanut butter, frozen banana, spinach, vanilla almond milk, chia seeds and topped with hemp seeds. It tastes like a peanut butter banana milkshake! I’ll have to try it with the collagen powder.
I love a good PB smoothie too… Sometimes I make a similar one for dessert 🙂 Definitely try the collagen, it will keep you fuller longer, and is great for post-workout fuel!
This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it out. 🙂 xo Devon Seventeen Dresses
So excited to try! Any tips on what type of container/bottle to store it in once blended? Would love to take to work with me, I know you mentioned sending some with Anel before- what type of vessel does he use? Thank you!
I’m SO excited to try the collagen peptide powder! I also can’t stand the taste of every protein powder I’ve ever tried so I gave up long ago. Now I have renewed hope! 😉 Thanks so much for sharing!
I add chia seeds to pretty much everything too 🙂 Great minds think alike!