Simple Green Protein Smoothie

Power Green Protein Smoothie

Raw spinach is one of those super foods I sometimes feel obligated to love. I love spinach cooked into everything from eggsartichoke dip, lentil stew and mushroom risotto, but I find raw spinach––particularly in salads––just a bit too leafy for my liking.

My blender sure doesn’t seem to mind it though.

It took several attempts to get the spinach:liquid:frozen fruit ratio just right but last weekend I perfected this Simple Green Protein Smoothie, without protein powder or fruit juice and for about one-third of the price of what I’d normally pay.

Not only is it packed with vitamins and minerals but the combo of Greek and regular vanilla yogurt gets it to that 4:1 carb-to-protein ratio––the sweet spot for muscle recovery after a tough workout or training run.

Power Green Protein Smoothie 1

If you’re new to homemade green smoothie making, I have a few tips:

Blend your greens and water first. Don’t choke on a half-shredded spinach leaf like I did.

Pre-freeze your fruit in individual portions. It makes the process super quick and you won’t need to water it down with ice.

Make sure all ingredients are cold––including the water. Like refrigerator cold. It’ll help keep the consistency perfectly thick and creamy.

Power Green Protein Smoothie 2

Now go slurp down one of these babies for breakfast and tell me what you think!

Do you prefer to eat or drink your raw, leafy greens?

10 Comments on Simple Green Protein Smoothie

  1. Matthew Hobley
    October 29, 2014 at 4:39 pm (2 years ago)

    You should try a Blendtec blender. You can put all your spinach and liquids, fruits and yogurt in all at once. It has presets that do the trick every time. Make them sponsor you.. The blendtec are available at Costco and Amazon.com.. Sometimes eBay..

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  2. Linda
    May 29, 2014 at 7:15 am (2 years ago)

    Made this for breakfast today, my first attempt at any smoothie. It turned out perfectly and tastes wonderful! Learned NOT to freeze bananas on a paper plate, too! :)

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  3. Willemijn
    May 1, 2014 at 1:47 pm (2 years ago)

    Funny, this recipe is quite similar to my good old favourite I just wrote about in my comment on your sponsored 12 smoothies post.

    I don’t mix fruit & greens with diary products though, because the calcium & vitamin C combo isn’t so great.

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  4. Brittany
    April 30, 2014 at 5:33 pm (2 years ago)

    This smoothie looks perfect and I love your beautiful photos.

    I like to eat and drink my greens. I love huge salads and adding greens to scrambled eggs, but I also like green smoothies. The more greens, the better. :)

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  5. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog
    April 29, 2014 at 2:15 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve been loving spinach in my smoothies lately. Right now, my go-to is frozen berries, spinach, Greek yogurt and almond milk. I usually just toss things into the blender, but I never know what I’m going to end up with. I love your tips – hopefully they’ll improve my consistency.

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  6. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West
    April 29, 2014 at 11:30 am (2 years ago)

    These days I drink my leafy greens mostly. I bought a Nutribullet a couple of months ago and that has made making smoothies with kale and spinach very easy. I’ve never pre-sorted my ingredients before, and that’s a great time-saving tip. Thanks!

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  7. Brittrdunc
    April 29, 2014 at 8:53 am (2 years ago)

    This is great! So yummy and perfect ratio! My clients will love this. I am posting it outside my office.

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  8. Ellen
    April 29, 2014 at 7:37 am (2 years ago)

    Great tip about blending the spinach with the liquid first! My smoothies always turn out a bit… chunky :)

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  9. Mary
    April 29, 2014 at 6:38 am (2 years ago)

    This is similar to the one I make all the time but I use coconut water and add a whole orange. Yummy!

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