So it turns out that I am a “zealot.” You don’t hear that term very often these days. And all any true zealot needs is a teensy bit of encouragement to keep spreading their gospel. Well, I got me a healthy dose of encouragement yesterday from my friend Rachel from high school. “I made your Energy Soup, Barley with Mushrooms and Onions, and the Brussel Sprouts tonight. I tasted them all and they are delicious…and in the fridge for the week! When I get home from the gym tomorrow it will be Pumpkin Banana Smoothie time. Keep the recipes coming! I am hooked.”
So here is one of my all time favorite green smoothie recipes. I try to drink a green smoothie every day for breakfast. It is fast, filling and really tasty.
Pear Banana Spinach Smoothie
makes 1 serving = 3 WW points
1 frozen or fresh ripe banana, broken into chunks
1 ripe pear, cut off of the stem
1/2 cup frozen spinach (I get the bags of frozen spinach at Trader Joes, not the box/block type)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk or any other non-fat milk of your choice
4 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
TIPS: You can substitute 1 cup of any other frozen fruit for the pear component of this smoothie. I purchase all of my frozen fruit at Trader Joes, they have quite a variety available. Try it with papaya, mango, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, or pineapple.
You can substitute water for the milk and make a 2 point smoothie. Give it a try! Just as tasty and filling!
Depending on your choice of fruit, you may feel like you need a little sweetener in the smoothie. I recommend agave syrup (but this adds more WW points) or stevia (try Truvia) for no added calories.