Now, I know one of the words in the title of this recipe seems glaringly out of place to you, and it’s not “peanut butter” “banana” or “smoothie.” In fact, you might even think that I placed the wrong photo here, instead inserting one from my gallery of vintage Ecto-Cooler glam shots. But today is Earth Day, and I’m giving you an appropriately green gift: introducing you to the trend of Green Smoothies.
Green Smoothies are an easy way to incorporate more raw leafy greens into your diet by blending them with fruit and drinking the mix like a smoothie. Pioneered by fervent raw foodists like Victoria Boutenko, green smoothies taste like fruit but are packed with all the nutrients that we know come from leafy greens like calcium, iron, B vitamins and cancer-fighting antioxidants. They make a great snack or a quick breakfast in the morning.
Since this green smoothie is likely your first, I’ve used banana and natural peanut butter because they have very strong, dominating flavors. Baby spinach has such a delicate flavor so all you will taste in the final smoothie will be peanut butter and banana. I promise. But boy will it be green. If you are hesitant, try using only 1 cup of the baby spinach.
Have you ever tried green smoothies before or heard the health claims about them? Are you afraid or excited to try this?
Peanut Butter Banana Green Smoothie
makes 1 smoothie
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
2 cups of baby spinach
juice from 1/2 lemon
3-4 ice cubes (optional)
1. Put the banana and peanut butter into the blender and puree until smooth. Then, 1 cup at a time, add the spinach, each time blending until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender with a spatula between blends and add a tablespoon or so of water if you need to get the spinach blending. Then add the ice cubes, if using, and pulse until smooth.