A smoothie is a great start to the day especially if you are time poor and getting ready on the run.
For a quick and easy breakfast or afternoon pick me up before the gym try our delicious spinach and banana smoothie.
You could save time in the morning by preparing your ingredients and putting into a container or zip lock bag the night before. For a thicker consistency use frozen, ripe bananas.
Bananas are extremely healthy and delicious and provide a good healthy energy boost to your day. They contain several essential nutrients, and have benefits for digestion and heart health. The average banana also has up to 10% of your daily fibre needs.
Choose a full fat yoghurt that’s unsweetened with nothing else added. Greek yoghurt is high in protein, can keep you feeling fuller for longer and it’s also full of healthy probiotics aka good bacteria that can be highly beneficial for your digestive health.
- 1 cup of baby spinach firmly packed and washed
- 1 banana fresh or frozen
- 1 cup of ice
- 1 cup of milk of your choice i.e. cows, rice, soy or almond etc
- 1/2 cup of full fat Greek Yoghurt
Place all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately. Serves 2.
Boost the benefits of greens by adding a small serve of Nature’s Way Greens Powder. It contains 10 servings of vegetables!
Want to make it thicker and keep you fuller for longer? Add a tablespoon of Bioglan Chia Seeds or breakfast oats before you blend. Chia seeds are full of fibre, high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids while oats also contain dietary fibre including beta-glucan which has been known to lower cholesterol.
Why we love this smoothie: Spinach the King of Greens
Spinach and baby spinach are perfect for using in smoothies. Especially if you are not used to green smoothies, it’s a lot more pleasurable on the taste buds when compared to more hard leaf greens like kale or silverbeet. Spinach is such a healthy green, it’s full of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, has an extremely high nutritional value and is rich in antioxidants. It’s a good source of vitamins A, B2, C and K, and also contains magnesium, manganese, folate, iron calcium and potassium.