Banana and Chocolate Smoothie

Rationale: high in fiber, high in protein, easy, gluten free, post-workout snack, breakfast

Variations: substitute any other milk, use frozen spinach (you won’t taste the spinach and it’s loaded with vitamin A and C), use chia seeds or sesame seeds instead of flax seeds

Serving suggestions: If using as a post-workout treat, don’t forget to have a big glass of water with it.  Share with a friend to cut calories in half if your workout was short.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, peeled (~4 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 Tbsp flax seeds
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder (the unsweetened baking kind)
  • handful of ice
  • ~ 1/2 cup water (enough to get the right consistency)
  • If you worked out today – add 1/2 scoop IDLife* vanilla protein powder (or other protein powder, avoid powders with whey -cow’s milk protein- if you are gassy…just saying)

Directions:

Put all the ingredients in a blender.  Turn the blender on and ramp it up to high for ~15-30 seconds.  Add more ice or water until you get your preferred consistency

* IDLife protein powder is honestly the best protein powder I’ve ever had and I’ve had a LOT of protein powders in my life.  I actually like it so much that my husband and I stopped buying any others and now we distribute it!  Let me know if you are interested in getting some for yourself!

Makes 1 serving.

Nutrition per serving for 1 serving: (Divide by 2 if sharing)

  • Calories: 206
  • Fat: 6g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Iron: 20% RDA