We've posted about smoothies here and there over the years here at ABM. It might not be a new habit, but it's definitely one that I'm still very much obsessed with. Especially green smoothies, packed with lots of green vegetables! I love that no matter how weird my day has been food-wise, I pretty much always have the ingredients to throw together this five ingredient smoothie in a matter of minutes. So even if I've ended up eating a random assortment of different recipes I might be testing out for ABM or our upcoming cookbook, I can still get a big serving of green vegetables in anytime.
3 frozen spinach cubes
2 frozen slices of banana (about 1 to 1.5 oz.)
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon coconut flakes
1 cup almond milk (I prefer original, unsweetened. Or I make my own.)
The real magic behind why I can pretty much always make this smoothie so fast is because I always have an ice tray of frozen spinach cubes in my freezer. Just blend a whole bunch at once with a little water and freeze in a tray. I buy spinach for this purpose. But this also works great if you have some greens (spinach, kale, or any hearty greens) that are leftover or about to turn on you. Blend them up with some water and freeze them! You won't find yourself ever throwing out greens again and it makes throwing a smoothie together super quick and easy.
I also always have a big bag of frozen banana slices in my freezer too. You could also use fresh banana, but having it frozen in small slices allows me to add just a little bit at a time (for sweetness mostly) without wasting any.
I posted a picture of my morning green smoothie on Instagram a few weeks ago and someone asked if I was doing the Simple Green Smoothies challenge. I actually hadn't checked out their site before, but it's awesome! If you need more smoothie recipe ideas, check them out for sure.
I will sometimes add something to the top of my smoothie, which I usually eat at the end after I've drunk the whole thing. Usually it's a bit of granola or chopped nuts. I recently found a jar of bee pollen at my usual grocery store, so I decided to try that out. It's certainly a unique ingredient that I've seen added to smoothies at health food stores and whatnot before. Otherwise I probably wouldn't have known what it was. Ha! After I bought the jar, I went home and started looking up info on it and I've gotten some pretty mixed info. So I can't say I really recommend it. Have you all tried bee pollen? Thumbs up or thumbs down?
But adding anything else is totally optional, I often leave my smoothie naked too. Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.