I do not consider myself a health nut, although my husband who thinks vegetables are the scourge of the earth might not agree. Lately I have been making green smoothies for either breakfast or lunch and have added some ingredients that are even strange and different to me.
About a year ago, I was diagnosed as being anemic. It really came as a surprise but totally explained my need for an afternoon nap and other nagging issues. It also explained my cravings for steaks, spinach salad and I would say bacon but who really needs a medical reason to crave bacon?
Iron supplements helped but I really wanted to boost my progress nutritionally. I have a friend who is using diet to help with her seasonal allergies and asthma so I thought that diet might also help me.
I have never been a big eater or a morning person so I have found that this smoothie as a breakfast or lunch alternative meal is very helpful. I have also discovered that I am not nearly as tired in the afternoons as I once was.
Surprisingly enough I prefer the fruity smoothies without the chocolate. (I cannot believe I just admitted that!) When we lived in another state, I was a member of a spa and gym facility. The juice bar offered the best chocolate peanut butter smoothie I have ever had. I have no idea what was in it, and my own experiment to recreate it has failed miserably, so at this juncture I will stick to the fruity ones.
Here is my favorite recipe so far…
1 cup Almond milk
1 Banana peeled and cut into half
1/2 cup fresh Baby Spinach
1/4 cup fresh Raspberries
2 tablespoons of Greek Yogurt
1 teaspoon Chia Seeds
Add all ingredients in a blender, puree or blend well. Enjoy!