So, I told you all that Jesse and I are doing this 2-Week Clean Eating Plan. While I’m totally missing bread and desserts (let’s just be honest!), I’m actually surprised at how much I’m enjoying some of the recipes.
One of our favorites so far was this Green Smoothie. I didn’t think the combination of ingredients sounded good, but was surprised how yummy it was! I posted a picture of the smoothie on Instagram and a number of you asked for the recipe, so I wanted to share how we made it:
Clean Eating Banana-Coconut Green Smoothie
- 1 large frozen banana (We love to buy bananas when they are reduced and then stick them in the freezer for smoothies.)
- 4 cups baby spinach, washed and drained (one 5-oz. bag)
- 2 cups coconut water (You could also substitute milk or almond milk.)
- 4 Tablespoons almond butter (You could also substitute peanut butter.)
Put all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately. Serves 2.
This is a thinner smoothie. If you like a thicker smoothie, you could add less liquid or more frozen bananas.
Some of our other favorite smoothies:
Orange Cream Smoothie (This one uses frozen oranges and is so refreshing!)
Pick-Me-Up Smoothie (This one has an unexpected ingredient in it that makes it SO good!)
Chocolate Banana Smoothie (This is SO good — even if it’s not the healthiest smoothie ever!)
Thank you for posting the Crystal! I started today – it took me a few hours of printing the recipes out and altering them since I’m a vegetarian but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I made a few other changes as well (subbed out spinach for most of the greens and asparagus and I’m NOT giving up my coffee). I’ve never had fennel before, I was surprised to find it smelled and tasted a lot like licorice (currently pretending I’m eating licorice instead of vegetables).
Crystal Paine says
We hadn’t cooked fennel before and had fun trying it out!
Two of my favorites are a Green Pina Colada Smoothie: http://everydayintentionalliving.com/green-pina-colada-smoothie/
and this green chocolate smoothie: http://everydayintentionalliving.com/healthy-snack-fruit-sweetened-green-chocolate-smoothie/
And this is our favorite use for leftover smoothies (if we have any left over): http://everydayintentionalliving.com/making-ice-pops-a-great-use-for-leftover-smoothies/
Yum! Looks good! I may have to try it. My favorite smoothie recipe uses some chocolate whey protein powder, 1/3 of a banana, a scoop of PB or almond butter, and water and ice! Tastes like I’m drinking a milkshake for breakfast and keeps me from feeling bloated!
Davonne @ The Tidy Mom says
I needed to see this! I’ve gained 20 lbs in the past 1.5 years and now that I’m only working part time instead of 60+ hrs per week, I really want to do something to help me kick-start healthy eating habits again.
I’m going to jump in next week & give this a try, thank you for sharing about it!
Curious- Are you not drinking coffee for the two weeks?!
Crystal Paine says
No! That’s the one part of the challenge I am not following. 😉
I looked at the meal plan and was interested but do you think it is doable for a couple where both work out of the house full-time? Do you feel like you and/or Jesse is spending a lot of extra time in the kitchen?
Crystal Paine says
It is taking us more time, but we’re doing it together and enjoying it. I think you could do it if you worked outside the home, but you would definitely need to plan at least an hour in the kitchen every day — you could do 30 minutes before dinner and 30 minutes after dinner.
I looked at the meal plan and was interested but do you think it is doable for a family where both parents work out of the house full-time? Have you noticed that you and/or Jesse are spending more time in the kitchen?
I do like how it is all laid out and organized. But just looks like a lot of work and time.