The Ultimate Green Smoothie

You know about my sister’s strife, yes?

I am thrilled to announce that I have single-handedly revolutionized her life. No, I did not hire her a cleaning lady or find away she could dole out meds to her little one while folding laundry–no, this change is both more simple and dramatic than that.

It involves peanut butter. Of course.

My sis and I were chatting green smoothies, as partial granola-hippy sisters are apt to do. I told her what I had in mine; she was aghast. Dubious. Peanut butter?  Turns out (brace yourself here, folks) my sister had never eaten peanut butter and banana together. I know! And I wouldn’t even think of sharing this with you en masse, if my sister–my very own flesh and blood–the one who cans peaches and plunges her whole hand in the toilet bowl to clean cloth diapers–my own sister–hadn’t had this before.

I divulged the simple recipe for my perfect green smoothie, and the following day there was this text: photo

So I’m posting this that on the off chance you fear mixing peanut butter, have been trying to add more leafy greens to your diet or are looking for a quick, healthy lunch, that I can save you too. I found that this is one of the few “breakfasts” I can whip up as I’m flying out the door for my 8 a.m. lifting class, chug it in the car and feel nourished enough to lift weights for an hour. Plus, N likes it. Really, what else is there to say?DSC_0074

The Ultimate Green Smoothie

(Makes approx. 48 ounces)

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

2-3 tablespoons peanut or almond butter

2-3 large handfuls of spinach

3-4 de-ribbed kale leaves

1 heaping tablespoon chia seeds

1 heaping tablespoon flax seeds

2 cups almond milk

water to desired consistency

Place all ingredients in a blender, salivate while it whirls and mashes, and then drink down the green goodness.

Also, if you are a nut butter addict like my BFF, you might consider this peanut butter, which a friend of mine just revealed to me. I have no doubts that it is worth every one of those $7.