Green Smoothies! They’re all the rage these days, aren’t they? They’re a great way to get some veggies in, especially if you are someone who doesn’t have a lot of time to prepare vegetables or you don’t really like them. But, if you are really squeamish about veggies, the idea of a “green” smoothie is about as appealing as eating grass clippings as you mow the lawn. That’s where sneaky secret green smoothies can help!
I published this one on social media before I even thought about putting it in a blog post. My veggie hating clients really enjoyed it and that was a big win and I wanted to share. I figured I should probably have it in a more permanent place too so up on the blog it goes! This is a sneaky little bastard. It doesn’t look or taste like there are any vegetables in it. It tastes like Chocolate Banana pudding and it’s so thick (especially if you use chia seeds) that you can actually eat it with a spoon. It’s so good!
This badboy has about 15 g fiber, 15 g protein and 15 g fat to get you through your day. It is a meal replacement more than just a snack. I can drink one of these at 9 am and not need to eat anything else until at least 2pm, sometimes later. So filling!
It also has almost 100% of the Vitamin A you need each day, 30% of your Iron, 50% of your calcium and it’s also a great source of potassium and magnesium. To help absorb the iron, have a glass of water with lemon with your smoothie. And it has less sugar in it than most protein bars out there (the banana is the sole source).
Secret Green Chocolate Banana Smoothie
1/2 cup cooked oats (i like steel cut) or 1/3 cup raw rolled oats
1 heaping tbsp cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
1 banana, peeled
1 tbsp unsweetened nut/seed butter of your choice
1 tbsp chia or hemp seeds
1 cup of unsweetened almond, rice or hemp milk
1/2 cup romaine lettuce
1/2 cup baby spinach
If using raw oats, blend them with the cocoa powder and chia seed first until ground finely, then add the rest of your ingredients blend, chill and enjoy! It also freezes well but be sure to stir well after defrosting (before drinking).
This recipe is gluten free (if you use gf certified oats), dairy free, soy free and vegan.
I prefer to use cooked oats in mine – I think it adds a creamier texture! You can also use water in place of any of non-dairy milks. It will change the color/texture slightly but the chocolate banana flavor will still dominate. If the 1 cup of greens in this freaks you out as a first timer, start with just a few leaves. If you feel ok with that, add a few more each time you make it. And someday you’ll be amazed that you even needed your greens to be masked!
Do you hate your veggies? Try this and let me know what you think and please share with your friends if you think they would enjoy.