It’s that time of year! Time for cheese plates, pigs in a blanket, pecan pies, gingerbread men, and plenty of holiday cocktails. You know- the hardest time to stick with healthy eating.
This holiday season, I have been trying to up my smoothie game. They feel like a bit of a sweet treat, but are actually teeming with healthy ingredients. Mine are usually packed with frozen fruit, coconut milk, chia seeds, and a bit of protein powder. Sometimes, I’m even able to add a few vegetables to the mix without compromising flavor. Recently, I’ve been trying to add spinach into my smoothies. Those dark leafy greens have so many health benefits, but I have never been a big fan. So far I’ve found that spinach pairs well with cinnamon or citrus fruits. One morning, I decided to take a chance and pair my green smoothie with a vanilla latte (another drink I often prepare in the morning.) The results surprised even me!
Spinach and coffee may seem strange…I know! Trust me- you’ve already heard about me and spinach AND I don’t like coffee. Sure, give me a nice cinnamon latte…but, this smoothie is SWEET and REFRESHING!! Honestly, it has become one of my favorites! You will not taste the spinach. Let me repeat-
You. Will. NOT. Taste. The. Spinach.
Now, if you add a second cup of spinach- more power to you!!!…but, the flavor may be a bit overpowering! The vanilla, coffee, and cinnamon help to mask the flavor. Plus, the frozen banana helps with a smoother texture and adds sweetness. Did I mention??- No added sugar!!
So, if you have difficulty avoiding all of the sweet treats this holiday season, this smoothie will help you feel better about all of those indulgences! 🙂
- 1 c. coconut milk (almond, soy)
- 1 c. baby spinach leaves
- 1/4 c. cold coffee
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla creamer
- 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder
- 1-2 tsp. chia seeds
- 1/8 tsp. cinnamon (2 healthy pinches)
- 1 small banana, frozen
- In a blender, combine the coconut milk and spinach. Blend until smooth. (I recently purchased a more powerful blender, so this may not be necessary, but it has become my habit. You do not want big chunks of spinach!) Next, add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.