Green Smoothie {protein-powder free}

20140124-210338.jpgI haven’t been feeling all that wonderful this week and have been trying to add more fruits and veggies into my day in an effort force my body into feeling better. After months of seeing beautiful smoothies on Sophie’s’ Foodie Files and several discussions regarding the most nutritious ingredients for a low carb, high protein smoothie with my diabetic coworker (carbohydrates are her enemy), I decided to take the plunge tonight and make a green smoothie for dinner.

I had one expectation of the smoothie and that was that it would be kind of gross. Turns out, it was actually kind of plain. There was no overwhelming flavor of any one of the ingredients I used. It just looked green and healthy and tasted the same.

My coworker promised to bring me some chocolate whey protein powder Monday so I can start incorporating protein powder into my smoothies. I admit that I’m a bit hesitant to use protein powder. Back in the day when I was an athlete instead of a couch potato, I downed a lot of protein powder. The flavor never really appealed to me. But my coworker swears by the taste of two particular brands of protein powder and she loooooooves all the food I bring in for her to try so clearly she has good (trustworthy) taste.

Until Monday, I’ll be slurping on these protein-powder free green smoothies in order to help me get my greens:


  • two medium bananas, frozen
  • 1/4 c. yogurt (I used greek) or non-dairy yogurt
  • 1 to 1 1/2 c. milk or non-dairy milk alternative
  • 1 T. peanut butter
  • 1 T. golden flax seeds
  • 1 heaping c. kale (packed loosely)


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.



  1. Dying to know what kind of protein powder your friend uses. Also, have you ever heard of PB2? Evidently it is peanuts ground into a powder. Heard about it at Weight Watchers. They mix a little milk or water with it and use it as peanut butter and it is much lower calorie and fat. Might make an interesting addition to you smoothie.


    1. I have never heard of that! But it would probably be a great alternative to the real thing. I’ll text you the brands she uses and the name of a supplement she also throws in.


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