Excerpted from The No Meat Athlete Cookbook by Matt Frazier and Stepfanie Romine.
Do you find most smoothies to be too sweet for your taste? If so, then you’ll love this one. It’s as slimmed-down as can be, in both calories and sweetness. The banana binds the almond milk and greens; without something creamy they would separate and create an unappealing texture. This is a great smoothie to highlight a particular herb or spice. Try cinnamon, which can help stabilize your blood sugar, or turmeric and ginger to fight inflammation.
Lean Green Smoothie
Good for: recovery after a workout
Makes: 1 smoothie
Time: 2 to 3 minutes
- 3 cups (85 g) mixed baby greens
- 1 cup (240 ml) almond milk
- 1 small ripe banana
- Protein powder, optional
- Assorted herbs and spices: 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger, 1 teaspoon minced fresh turmeric, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon vanilla bean powder, 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon maca powder, etc.
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and drink.