Ok, I have to admit something… I’m a dietitian AND I’m not the best cook. I know, it’s shocking! Everyone assumes that dietitians love to cook, but that’s just not the case. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE food, and I don’t discriminate – I love sweet and savory foods just as much as the fruits and veggies. And furthermore, I love how food nourishes our bodies and the science behind that. I also enjoy trying to achieve a healthy balance in my diet, focusing on protein and produce most often while still enjoying some treats from time to time. But, I don’t love cooking – it’s just who I am! However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been forced to cook a little more frequently. Instead of dreading it, I have taken this opportunity to incorporate new, fun recipes into my meal plan. And nothing says fun like an ice-cold smoothie!
Smoothies can be used as a meal replacement and they can also be super nutritious providing your body with healthy protein (fuel) and antioxidants (immune system boosters). However, many smoothies can also be high in sugar and low in protein, which might actually negatively impact your energy levels. So, it’s important to make sure you know what is going into your smoothies. Making smoothies yourself can save you money and helps to ensure it is healthy! And, honestly, it takes less than 2 minutes. I have come to really enjoy green smoothies for breakfast, and I am going to share one of my favorite recipes with you below!
Chunky Monkey Green Smoothie
1 cup leafy greens (I like to use spinach in this particular smoothie)
1 tbsp peanut butter powder
1 tbsp pure cocoa powder
½ scoop (or ½ serving) vanilla protein powder (I use “Pure” Whey Protein Powder)
½ large frozen banana (I freeze my bananas ahead of time so that I don’t have to include ice in my recipe)
4-6 oz skim milk
Throw all of these ingredients in a high-powered blender (Ninja, Vitamix, etc.) and blend for about 15-20 seconds. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts (~12 oz serving):
Calories: 255 \
Protein: 20 g
Added Sugar: 4 g
About the Author
Amanda Peterson, RDN, LD | Molly Mills, RDN, LD
Amanda and Molly are the MUSC Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program Registered Dietitians. With 15+ years of experience combined, they facilitate behavior change through nutrition counseling for weight loss and maintenance with children through adults.
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