I've never been a big fan of protein shakes because they often taste like...well, protein, or they have a chalky consistency or an artificial aftertaste. But there are times when you need a grab-and-go meal that can be consumed on the road or you're in the mood for a milkshake (but not all the empty calories). This smoothie is a perfect combination of fruity goodness with a veggie boost (and you can't even taste the spinach). If you choose to add the fish oil, you also get a good serving of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, that help fight inflammation and are good for brain health. Besides that, this smoothie is chock-full of vitamins and minerals, it doesn't have any added sugar, and provides some fiber from fruits and veggies.
1/2 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Jay Robb Vanilla Whey Protein Powder)
1/2 cup torn spinach leaves, lightly packed
1/4 cup mashed banana
1/4 cup diced strawberries
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup crushed ice
2 tablespoons 100% orange juice
1 teaspoon lemon- or orange-flavored fish oil, optional (I used Carlson)
Place all ingredients in a blender (I used my Magic Bullet) or food processor and puree or blend until smooth.
Yield: 1 smoothie
Serving Size: about 11 ounces
Allergen Info: contains dairy
Recipe by Michelle Baglio of Optimal Nutrition and Health (Google+). All recipes, unless otherwise noted, are created and tested in my home kitchen. Any resemblance to other recipes available in print or online is purely coincidental. The use of particular brands and/or products is sometimes noted because of their quality and the use of other products, while similar, may affect the outcome of the finished dish. Please do not reprint this recipe for distribution without my permission. To feature this recipe on your website, please link to this post as the original source.
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