Almond Butter Power Green Smoothie
We all know that green smoothies aren’t anything new, especially here on this blog. These nutrient-dense green concoctions are fun to look at and even more fun to drink, particularly if you have an adventurous palate. For the most part, health enthusiasts and everyday individuals tend to enjoy their first sip of a green smoothie, especially if the texture is smooth and the taste runs sweet and deep.
This almond butter power green smoothie is designed to supercharge your workout, keep you full until lunch, and promote a glowing, vibrant you. It’s rich in beautifying fatty acids, satiating fiber, and energizing amino acids, and is a nutritional powerhouse of raw nutrition that can replace any meal.
For this green smoothie recipe, I wanted to combine a few of my favorite ingredients. Almond butter, a nut butter that rivals traditional peanut butter in both nutrition and taste, adds an extra boost in texture and nutrient quality. Think of it as an energy boost for your engine. It’s rich in monounsaturated fats, protein, and fiber, nutrients responsible for keeping you full and energized for hours. Coconut milk does this, too. Its high volume of medium-chained triglycerides are metabolized directly for energy use, and research shows that coconut fat may be helpful for burning fat and controlling blood sugar levels.
When it comes to the greens in this smoothie, use your favorite. I’ve been using quite a bit of dandelion greens lately, but spinach, kale, collards, and lettuce all work well. I usually blend up a variety of greens, sometimes using 4 cups of chopped, dark green vegetables in my smoothies. If you have a green base that you typically use, then go for it. Also, feel free to use flaxseed in place of the chia seeds in this recipe. I like to use chia seeds because it helps to create a smoother texture in the smoothie.
- 2 cups raw spinach
- 1 cup romaine lettuce
- 2 cups chopped celery
- 1 banana
- 1/2 small avocado
- 2 tbsp. almond butter
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1-2 packets stevia extract (1/8 to 1/4 tsp. powder)
- 1/3 cup full-fat coconut milk
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 cups ice cubes
- Add all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
What’s your favorite ingredient additions to your green smoothies? Let me know by leaving a comment!