Last week, when I was on Spring Break, I took advantage of all my extra time and made a smoothie every day. I love smoothies — after a workout, as an afternoon snack, and as a sneaky way to fit in more veggies. I wish I had time for them more often, but unfortunately, I’m afraid a blender in my classroom would disturb my students as they try to work. 😉
Yes — I could make them at home and just cart them with me to school. I’ve done that. But by the time I’m ready for my smoothie, it’s not ready for me. At that point, it’s become lukewarm green goop and that’s just not fun. So, for now, smoothies are reserved for weekends, holidays, and summer time. Just like every other fun thing in life. *eye roll*
I whipped this one up on a whim and then went back to it daily. I was surprised at how sweet it was. Although, I’m not sure why I was surprised as it has both pineapple and mango in it. Anyway, this particular smoothie was particularly thick and the way I see it, you have two options when that happens. 1. Try to drink it and risk the whole thing falling down on your face and making a huge mess, or 2. Dump it in a bowl and call it a green smoothie bowl! I chose door #2 and that may or may not be due to the fact that I’ve chosen door #1 before and had it blow up — err, fall down — in my face. 😉 I wasn’t nicknamed “Messy Jessie” as a child for nothing!
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
3/4 c. frozen pineapple
3/4 c. frozen mango
1 c. spinach
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 c. unsweetened almond milk
Combine ingredients in a blender and blend, blend, blend! Top with whatever your heart desires like chocolate chips, coconut flakes, dried cranberries, even more flax seeds! I even topped this with some Boom Chicka Pop one day. What?? Sweet and salty, for the win!