Spinach, raspberries, and banana form the basis for this favourite morning smoothie.
This is perhaps my very favourite smoothie, and though it’s considered a “green” smoothie, the deep colour of the raspberries actually has it coming out red.
NB: First, you’ll need a high powered blender. Raspberries have very tiny seeds and if your blender isn’t powerful enough, you’ll get a grainy sand of seeds at the bottom of your glass.
Recipe – 2 servings
- 1 large or 2 small bananas
- 2 serious handfulls of spinach (about 4 cups)
- 1.5 cups of raspberries
- 18 oz. of water
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder of your choice (optional)*
- pinch of stevia (optional)
*I love Sunwarrior Protein-Vanilla! It’s my absolute favourite.
**Frozen raspberries are ideal, or frozen bananas. If none of your fruit is frozen, use ice cubes in place of some of the water.
If you have a high powered blender like a Vitamix, you can put all of your ingredients in and not worry about the order of things. However, if you’re working with a standard blender, you can use this order of operations to make things work more efficiently in your machine.
- Start with your liquid and your fruit: raspberries, banana, and the liquid. Pulse first, then blend.
- Add your protein powder and then the greens on top so that the powder doesn’t puff up. Pulse, then blend.
- Once all of your ingredients have been added, taste your smoothie and determine if it needs a little sweetener like stevia. You can usually skip this step altogether, and definitely taste first before assuming that you need sweetening. Only the addition of bitter superfood powders should require the addition of sweeteners as the fruit is already sweet enough.
Enjoy! Keeps well for 36+ hours in a mason jar in the refrigerator as needed.