Monday, June 6, 2011

This is Primal - Kiwi-Banana-Strawberry-Spinach Smoothie

A few of you have asked me for smoothie recipes and I've been stumped.  I don't follow recipes for my smoothies.  I use a few fruits, some spinach (or other greens), some coconut milk or water, some protein powder, and ice.  It can't be simpler.  (Looks like a strawberry milkshake, doesn't it?)

Today's smoothie had the following:

1 Handful of Baby Spinach
1 Kiwi (not peeled--peel yours if you're using a regular blender)
6 Strawberries
1 Ripe Banana
A couple scoops of protein powder (I use Vanilla Muscle Milk from Costco)*
1/2 cup of coconut milk**
Ice cubes

I threw them all together in the Blendtec (thanks again, Superman, for letting me buy it!) and, ta da, a primal smoothie sweet enough for the kids, but full of natural goodness for me.

A few thoughts...I use fresh fruit when I have it, frozen fruit when I don't.  I mix fruits to get the flavor I like and to keep things from getting boring.  Sometimes I put in so much spinach that my smoothie turns greenish and looks more like pond scum than food.  Tastes great, though, so don't be afraid to try it yourself.

*I'm trying to make certain I get protein in ever meal, so for me, the protein powder is a must...if you're just trying to come up with healthier snacks, feels free to leave it out.

**Any liquid will do, but coconut milk helps you get plenty of the "good" fats that we all need.  It is all about the ratio of Omega-3s to Omega-6s, but don't expect me to explain the details to you.  Just know that you must have good fats to keep yourself healthy (and to keep your weight in line!)


Andrea said...

Thanks! Can't I just sit here and sip a while. Long, crazy day!


Alison said...

Thanks for the recipe. Is that a soy protein powder?

LaVonne @ Long Wait said...

Now that is a great smoothie! :)

Have a great week.

LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

Alison said...

Hi Erin, How much ice do you use?