Friday, January 1, 2016

Shake it Up Smoothies: Lean and Green Protein Shake

Happy New Year, friends! 2015 was a great year and I am excited to see what 2016 has in store. I am working towards a lot of new personal goals and one of them includes growing this blog to new levels! 

One of the ways I am working towards that goal is to plan a more consistent blogging schedule. While my 'fly by the seat of my pants' blogging calendar has served me well for many years, I am going to make an effort to be a little more consistent. One of the ways I plan to stay on schedule is to work in a few monthly or weekly themed posts. I already have Furry Friday Feature and Throwback Thursday that I'll bring back to regular life, now I am going to add a new feature (drum roll)...Shake it up smoothies!

green smoothie
I found these adorable mason jar lids and straws at Kroger.
Now that I am working with Premier Protein as a Trainer Ambassador, it will give me a chance to experiment with new smoothie recipes while trying Premier Protein in new ways. I've gotten in a smoothie rut, always making my shakes using the same ingredients, so I am excited to try some new ingredients and flavors.

I figured for my first post in my shake it up smoothie series, I would start with a basic leafy green protein shake. A smoothie using spinach, fruit and protein powder is an easy and delicious way to sneak in some healthy nutrients!

green protein shake
Lean and green protein shake ingredients

I used a NutriBullet and filled half the large cup with fresh spinach (about 2 cups packed tight). I used frozen bananas and mangos and added 1/4 cup of canned pineapples. I like to use some frozen fruits because it makes the smoothie thicker. I topped it off with a scoop of Vanilla flavored Premier Protein powder (30 grams of protein) and added water to make blending easier. You could also use milk, almond milk or protein milk instead of water.

Delicious lean and green protein shake

My lean and green protein shake was so delicious. It makes the perfect quick healthy breakfast or post-workout refuel meal.

Do you love green smoothies as much as I do? What are some of your favorite smoothie ingredients? I'd love to hear your ideas. I am looking forward to experimenting with new flavors.

Happy New Year!

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  1. I am a huge green smoothie fan! I make one very similar to this one, but I use coconut milk as the liquid in it.

    Another favorite is my Peanut Butter Cup green smoothie:

    1. yum! I LOVE a good chocolate peanut butter shake! Thanks!

  2. (((this all reminds me I need, OK, WANT glass straws too. do you have any??)))

    1. ooo glass. I want those too. these are plastic. on the hunt now. :)

  3. This smoothie looks very good! Usually I just have a fruit smoothie, but I wouldn't mind adding greens such as spinach. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Your blog is really great!


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