Wednesday, January 11, 2017

greek yogurt 52 ways: #37 blueberry, spinach smoothie

I've been having this green smoothie for breakfast every morning since the beginning of the year. My oldest daughter Lani asked me, "Why have you been having smoothies for breakfast?? It's so cold!" I laughed and told her that I've been feeling like having healthy smoothies lately.
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 37 blueberry, spinach smoothie
A few months ago I shared Green Smoothie Tips for Newbies. In that post, I shared that I have 3 go-to green smoothies that I use:
  • This tropical, green smoothie, which includes: 1 cup of coconut milk; 1 c or more of spinach (or kale); 1 banana; 1/2 c of vanilla, Greek yogurt; 1/2 c of frozen pineapple, and 2 tbsp of shredded coconut. 
  • This orange, banana smoothie (I add spinach or kale and omit the strawberries): 1 c of orange juice; 1 c or more of spinach (or kale); 1 frozen banana; and 1/2 c of vanilla, Greek yogurt. This is a good recipe for those not used to green smoothies yet. The orange juice is primarily what you taste. 
  • This simple, green smoothie: 1 c of soy milk (I've also used almond milk and coconut milk); 1 c of more of spinach (or kale); 1 frozen banana; and 1/2 c of vanilla, Greek yogurt. 
My template, green smoothie recipe is:
  • 1 c of a liquid
  • 1 c or more of spinach or kale
  • 1 protein serving (typically 1/2 c of Greek yogurt)
  • 1 sweet fruit (typically bananas)
  • at least one frozen fruit (I like my smoothies fairly cold)
  • maybe more fruits (to enhance flavor)
The recipe I am sharing today follows that template. 
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 37 blueberry, spinach smoothie
For this smoothie, I blend the following in my Nutribullet until smooth:
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 container of Yoplait's Greek 100 Protein: Vanilla (it has double the protein serving with 14g of protein)*
  • a handful of spinach 
  • 1/2 c of frozen blueberries
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 37 blueberry, spinach smoothie
This smoothie is refreshing, delicious, and satisfying (because of all that protein).

*This post isn't sponsored. I just loved that this Greek yogurt option had double the protein serving!


I now have 4 go-to green smoothies! :)

Have any Greek yogurt, dessert (or breakfast!) recipes you'd like to share? Leave your recipes or links in the comments. :)

If you try a recipe I share, be sure to let me know! Use the hashtag: #greekyogurt52ways.

**I'm making Greek yogurt 52 ways. Read about why I'm doing this project right here and read about the health benefits of Greek yogurt right here. See all of the ways I've incorporated Greek yogurt into my dessert or breakfast so far here. I recently completed a 52 sandwiches project. Read more about that project here.**
greek yogurt 52 ways: # 37 blueberry, spinach smoothie

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