First of all, sorry I have been MIA!!
I have fallen victim to the trendy green smoothie! I have always been the one to say,”I don’t enjoy drinking my calories!” Nothing is more disappointing to me than slurping up 300-400 calories for a sadly small smoothie. Not to mention the lingering starvation I feel about 10 minutes after consuming.
Lately, everyone in our office is whipping up fun green smoothies and I finally gave it a try after my coworker Lisa gave me half of hers. It was so good and actually kept me full as a large snack would. I figured out you just have to have a good balance of protein and carbs to make it filling. Before I was always trying to make my smoothies as low calorie as possible, which should have been clear to me why I was never full after them. Blended up ice and an apple and spinach isn’t going to cut it!
I was then set on finding a way to have my smoothie and drink it too. Once I decided that as long as you are wise with your ingredients, you can have a decent sized smoothie for a fair amount of calories. It’s important to measure your ingredients, make it high in protein, and of course add your greens. I promise, if you make it correctly, you will not taste your greens! My favorite is spinach and a tiny bit of kale… so good for you and hidden, promise!
There are tons of ways you can make a green smoothie — it’s so simple to sub in and out things you don’t like. But below is a basic recipe I think you will like! This smoothie yields close to 30 oz and has less than 250 calories! Yay!
220-Calorie Green Smoothie
Makes 28 ounces
220 calories, 4g fat, 438mg sodium, 37.5g carbs, 7g fiber, 23.5g sugars, 13g protein
1/8 tsp. cinnamon, if desired
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth.