A Spin on my Favorite Smoothie!

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Veggie Almond Buttercup Smoothie

Last week I was back in NYC and Greenwich, CT… oh it felt so good to be “home”! And while I was there I visited Juice Press, almost everyday, to get my daily fill of nutritious smoothies and juices.

One smoothie I particularly LOVE is their Almond Buttercup! Wow, this thing goes down before you even leave the store! However, I felt a little guilty because it was missing my favorite buddies: veggies! And it had a little too much sugar in the form of dates and a lot of banana.

*Dates are an amazing fruit because they contain fiber and the sugar is low-glycemic: aka doesn’t raise your blood pressure. But be careful! A few of these in your smoothie can be equivalent to eating a piece of cake or your favorite candy bar… at the end of the day, sugar is sugar.

So today I put my own twist on the Almond Buttercup which incorporates veggies, yay, and decreases the sugar!

This is a great protein rich smoothie to enjoy on the go or during your 3:00pm slump. I dare you not to drink all of it before you leave the kitchen!

Veggie Almond Buttercup Smoothie

1 banana

3 tbs raw almond butter

1 handful organic baby spinach

1/2 avocado

2 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

pinch Himalayan salt

1 cup water

ice to blend and chill

In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients. Blend on high until ingredients come together smoothly. Poor into a glass and enjoy!

 

 

 

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