It seems running out of smoothie names is going to happen well before I run out of sharing smoothie combos that my family enjoys! As I’ve said many times before, my family loves smoothies and literally drinks one every single day. That’s a lot of smoothies over the years! I look at ones I made for them over a decade ago and I am not thrilled that I used pineapple juice, nonfat yogurt (yuck!!) and most lacked greens or healthy added fats – I’ve learned so much in the past 10+ years and I’m proud of the nutrition knowledge I’ve worked so hard to aquire, really upping the smoothie game in our house. Growing teenagers and a long healthy life for my husband and me are my motivation to keep us well nourished.
Enter – the Power Smoothie! The inspiration for this combo is from the Duo Breakfast Menu at the Four Seasons Hotel in Wailea, Maui. Many years ago my husband and I were on a solo trip (sounds so dreamy right now!) and we grabbed a smoothie before our morning hike. They offered a smoothie with almond milk, banana and spinach – a good start, but I had them add peanut butter (before I knew peanut butter hurt my stomach!), coconut flakes and ground flax meal. These ingredients definitely turned it into a real power smoothie, respectable pre-hike fuel, and one we’ve been enjoying at home for years. And today, depending on the need, I’d also add a scoop of quality protein powder to really give us a healthy boost.
I hope you try this and enjoy it as much as we do!
This smoothie is one of my favorites to make before a family hike, a day of skiing, kid sports or a busy day at work. It fuels our bodies with healthy fats, protein and fiber to keep us full of energy for hours – and it’s delicious.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3 tbsp peanut butter or almond butter
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 handful of spinach I love using Power Greens: baby kale, spinach and chard
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 tbsp ground flax meal
- 1-2 pitted dates
- 6-8 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
For an added boost- add a scoop of your favorite protein powder. I enjoy Truvani’s Organic Plant Based Vanilla Protein Powder