Green Vireo Smoothie

green smoothieSmoothie recipes are endless. Truly, a quick internet search will turn up more combinations than a person could ever hope to try. But much like muffins, salads, and other staples, they’re also really flexible and forgiving. Don’t have that? Try this! Some of my most favourite recipes were discovered out of necessity as I substituted one thing for another.

This is currently a favourite, and is filling enough to make a substantial snack or a light meal. My kids hate it, but they turn their nose up at anything green in a smoothie. Meh, more for me.

Green Vireo, you ask, what is that? It’s the name of a beautiful green bird I once saw in Mexico, not to be confused with the word virile. This smoothie has nothing to do with that, get your mind out of the gutter.

Green Vireo Smoothie

1 frozen banana (fresh would work too, but would make the whole smoothie softer and less frosty. I peel and freeze mine in a bag specifically for use in smoothies. Not to be confused with the bananas I freeze in the peel for later use in muffins. That sounds inefficient actually, I should think about that. )

½ cup frozen mango (fresh would probably work here too, but again, mush. I buy frozen cubed bags from Costco).

2 cups fresh greens (spinach, kale, chard etc, also purchased in bags from Costco; freeze it for use in sauce or soup if you don’t go through it quickly enough).

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Tbsp ground flax

1 Tbsp vanilla protein powder

1 Tbsp natural peanut butter (I dig to the bottom of the jar for the concrete-like peanut sludge that settles there, and save the good stuff for toast; almond butter would be a good substitute).

½ cup plain yogurt

1 cup almond milk (cow’s milk would be fine; coconut milk might also be good)

Makes about 1 pint of deliciousness (about a litre).

Combine all ingredients in your blender and…blend. You know your blender, layer in whatever order needed to get it to cooperate. Mine is picky and I need to weight the greens down with the mango.

Pour into your favourite glass, a straw if you like, and there you go. Don’t get brain freeze in your attempts to enjoy it too quickly.

Did you make too much? Pour the excess into popsicle molds and freeze for later enjoyment.

Green vireo green smoothie recipe
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Jen Shapka

A mom of two, military spouse, domestic engineer, and former teacher (B.Sc., B.Ed.), she has always found herself in the education field but rarely in the classroom.

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