Hello. Let me proceed to tell you about how weird I am.
Last night I had this out of control craving for broccoli after my workout. Just steamed broccoli with sea salt and pepper. Quite ridiculous really, but I absolutely had to have it. So off to Target I went. Except you know when you walk into Target, it’s not like you’re walking right out. Nope, you’re going to be there for at least an hour filling your cart with things you never knew you needed. Classic example: Vanilla Cupcake Goldfish. They basically taste like sweetened little animal cracker cookies. And if you’ve been here a while, you know how I LOVE animal crackers (especially frosted). Oh and also, coconut milk conditioner. YUM.
I finally managed to leave Target with two bags full. By the time I got home I WAS STARVING. Do you ever get to the point where you’re so hungry that you can’t even think? I thought about breaking open a jar of peanut butter in my car on the ride home, but knew that wouldn’t lead to anything good.
Once home, I basically destroyed an entire bag of steamed broccoli for dinner. Obviously that filled me up, but only for one episode of The Vampire Diaries, so of course I had to make something else. Since I’ve been really trying to clean up my diet (minus the goldfish), I opted for one of my favorite power smoothies.
Lately I’ve been really into blueberries in just about anything. WILD blueberries to be exact. I like the name and I like the flavor. In fact I kinda feel like Tarzan after eating them.
Really though, they’re SO much better then the conventional ones. I usually purchase mine from Trader Joe’s, but if you can’t find them there, opt for organic blueberries. I promise you’ll notice the flavor difference.
This recipe is sweet, simple, and a healthy way to start out your morning or to enjoy as a snack. How do you make a power smoothie? Here’s why I chose the following ingredients:
Blueberries. Get those antioxidants in and your skin will glow.
Banana. Good for you carbs and help to thicken up the smoothie.
Spinach. This is where the POWER comes in. Spinach is full of vitamins and nutrients, and includes great fiber. Blend away – you won’t notice the taste at all!
Strawberries. I love the way the taste combined with the blueberries & banana. And they’re a great source of vitamin C to help boost your immune system.
Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. Packed with calcium, vitamin D, creamy and delicious; I’m a huge fan. Their almond-coconut milk is also to die for, too! Either will work in this smoothie.
A sprinkle of Chia Seeds. Did you know that Chia seeds contain a healthy dose of omega-3s? In fact, they are one of the richest plant sources out there. They’re also packed with fiber and protein. Who knew a little seed could be so powerful? Get your sprinkle on or better yet, blend them into the smoothie! Learn more about chia seeds here.
If you’d like more protein in this smoothie, feel free to add in a scoop of protein powder or 1/4 cup of greek yogurt.
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More healthy smoothie recipes to try:
Wild Blueberry Banana Spinach Power Smoothie
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries
- 1/2 frozen medium banana
- 1 cup Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds for topping, if desired
Place all ingredients besides chia seeds into blender and blend until smooth. Add more almond milk if smoothie is too thick. Pour into a chilled glass, sprinkle with chia seeds and extra blueberries; enjoy!
Feel free to add 1/2 cup greek yogurt or a scoop of protein powder if you'd like more protein in this recipe.
Instead of blueberries, try using raspberries or whatever berry you like best.
This recipe is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze; however I use their products regularly and all opinions are my own. Thanks for continuing to support Ambitious Kitchen