Kitchen Scraps: My Go-To Green Smoothie

October 10, 2016

Kitchen Scraps: My Go-To Green Smoothie by Faring Well

Welcome to another edition of “kitchen scraps”, where the leftover little recipes in my kitchen find a home. Here you will find a simple recipe I enjoyed but didn’t make the cut for a full-bodied blog post. I hope you enjoy the little wins I get to share with you here – and let me know if you give any “kitchen scraps” a try by tagging your Instagram photos #fwkitchenscraps


I’m really happy to get to sneak in another “kitchen scraps” post this week before a more full-bodied blog post that is slowly coming together (crossing my toes it makes it here in a few short days), and I hope you enjoyed the first post in this series over the past weekend! This green smoothie is one I’ve been itching to share with you for almost a month, seeing as I drink it at least once – and sometimes twice – each day. It nourishes my muscles after my morning workout, and satisfies my sweet tooth while getting in a few servings of dark leafy greens. I’ve found most green smoothie recipes to be a bit too “green” tasting for my liking, and it wasn’t until I discovered this specific combination that I really began to believe in the green smoothie movement (bye-bye kale, hello frozen spinach!).

This is a smoothie for even the most devoted greens-haters. I hope if you give it a whirl you find it to be just as addicting (and rejuvenating) too! The trick here is frozen spinach (a total Popeye shake). It adds thickness without overpowering the sweet banana and blueberries, like kale usually does. The single tablespoon of nut butter adds richness with a little fat, but feel free to use an additional tablespoon of vanilla protein powder if you are looking to make it nut butter free. This is one thick shake, and I use my Vitamix’s tamper to force it to blend rather than adding additional almond milk. However, go with whatever works for you and your machine, and cheers to green mustaches in between the holiday baking this season – xx.


MY GO-TO GREEN SMOOTHIE
Makes 1 serving.

1/2 cup frozen banana slices
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder
1 tablespoon almond butter (or an additional tablespoon of vanilla protein powder)
2 cups frozen, chopped spinach
1 cup plain almond milk

Combine all of the above ingredients in a high speed blender (such as a Vitamix). Secure the lid and insert the tamper. Blend on low, while increasing to high slowly, using the tamper to force down the mixture to blend. This will take some muscle and patience. You may need to stop on occasion to give it a stir, depending on your blender (or add more almond milk – although I recommend refraining from doing so in order to keep it thick and flavorful). Once blending smoothly on high, let it blend without the tamper for 10 seconds. Stop the blender, pour into a 20 ounce serving glass/jar, and enjoy!

  • Shelley October 11, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Loving this new mini series Jessie! Just because these recipes are small and simple, doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to be here. I have yet to find a green smoothie I like, but I’m thinking yours might just be the answer I was looking for. x

    • Faring Well October 12, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Aw yay thank you Shelley! I hope you fall for this one like I did, let me know if you give it a try ;)

  • Emily October 11, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Frozen spinach is brilliant! I just tried the recipe, using cashew butter and strawberries as replacements based on what I had, and it is so good!

    • Faring Well October 12, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      Oh yay! I’m so so happy to hear Emily – substitute all you’d like! Those sound delicious too <3

  • Jessica @Nourished by Nutrition October 12, 2016 at 4:28 am

    Agreed! I love the Kitchen Scraps series. Sharing your recipe wins, big or small, is just another way to express yourself and be authentic. It allows people to see more of the “everyday” and I think that is soooo needed sicne we see so much of the idealized world social media. Cheers to green mustaches and authenticity! Bug hugs, Jess

    • Faring Well October 12, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      Thank you tons Jess! So sweet of you to say. I’m really looking forward to it and am having fun so far. I agree, it keeps certain posts less perfected and a more authentic glimpse into the makings in our kitchens – so glad you’ll cheers to my green mustache! Happy green sips this week friend <3

  • Kendra October 18, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    This sounds like such a wonderful green smoothie. I’ve always wanted to have a go-to as i’ve tried a few and never fell in love with any of them. I will definitely be trying this one soon, thanks!

    • Faring Well October 20, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      Aw yay! Thank you Kendra, I hope you love it too <3

  • Kendra B December 8, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Frozen spinach!!! Brilliant! And usually it’s pretty inexpensive too 😊

    • Faring Well December 10, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Yes it is! Thank you Kendra! <3