Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Nectarine Banana Smoothie (with secret healing powers...)

No, this is not the smoothie featured on a recent article by Eat This, Not That!, which had over 1,000 calories and 32 grams of fat...  I like to make smoothies that actually are healthy, not ones that really are just milkshakes masquerading under the pretense of a good-for-you smoothie.

This particular smoothie is full of potassium, calcium, and Quercetin (a bioflavonoid with anti-inflammatory properties found in leafy greens).  Now, I'm sure you're looking at the pictures and thinking, but it's green!  Yes, the green color is from spinach (hence, the leafy greens).  Although it does affect the color, it really does not affect the taste, and you can always add a little extra vanilla extract or a dash of honey if you think the taste is too prominent, or simply leave the spinach out.  You can also add a scoop of protein powder, which I often do, although that does affect the texture, and will cause it to be slightly gritty rather than smooth and creamy.  (Make it without the yogurt and spinach for a smoothie that tastes more like an Orange Julius.)

Printable Recipe

Nectarine Banana Smoothie (makes about 4 cups)
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 nectarine
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sugar, Calcium enriched orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth and creamy.  Pour into glasses and garnish with a slice of nectarine.  If you like your smoothies colder, place glasses in the freezer for up to 30 minutes before serving.