Saturday, September 5, 2015

Clean Green Protein Smoothie (like Juice Press)

I got hooked on this smoothie a few weeks ago when I got one for lunch in between meetings, but at $10 a smoothie and a neighborhood that is far away that is not in the cards for me.

Here is my version at a fraction of the cost and with no subway ride required, I think it tastes even better:-)

Makes 1 1/2 servings (1 for me and 1/2 for my toddler)

10 oz water
2 Tbsp Hemp Hearts
1 Tbsp Chia Seed
3 handfuls spinach
1 FROZEN RIPE banana
2 tsp coconut oil
2 tsp almond butter
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 tsp maple syrup
pinch salt

Process on high in vitamix for about a minute, until smooth

Add ice and process again until smooth (I use 6-7 full sized ice cubes)

It is SO good. It tastes like vanilla ice cream, keeps you full until lunch, and gives you lots of energy.  The hemp hearts are the secret (I got Manitoba Harvest from Amazon).  They have an incredible creamy taste and texture when blended. I tried using almonds when I didn't have hemp hearts and it is not the same:-)  Get the hemp hearts!  Also the banana has to be frozen and it has to be ripe (soft, strong sweet banana smell, starting to get brown spots on the outside) I made one with a greener banana earlier in the week and it was good but not amazing like this!

Edited to add: I made this today and spaced out, leaving out the almond cutter and the vanilla and it was still amazing (not quite as rich but still incredible)!

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