A Green Smoothie for the Broke Girl.

We’ve all been there…

Boredom > scrolling through blogs on the Internet > following links to health food websites > discovering recipes called “green goddess smoothies” > deciding that all you’ve ever wanted in life is to be a green goddess > realizing that one serving of said smoothie has half a paycheck’s worth of produce in it > coming to terms with being more of a brown cereal type of gal rather than a green goddess smoothie drinker

Well, I have a treat for you today. I’ve discovered a cheap + easy green smoothie recipe that is delicious and nutritious.

I have a Ninja blender that I use almost every day and truly love. I’ll be honest: the cleanup with a Ninja is not easy. In fact, if you’re in the market for a new blender and are looking into a Ninja, my best piece of advice would be to rinse immediately after using. It’s a great machine, but there are so many little divots on that thing , which makes washing really difficult. (Let’s also keep in mind that I don’t have a dishwasher, so that may be my primary problem.)
Step 1: Add 1-1.5 cups of any type of milk. I’m lactose intolerant so I use almond milk and it tastes great! Always add the milk first because it’s the only measurement that really matters. Smoothies with too much milk = no bueno.
Step 2: Add one frozen, sliced banana. Word to the wise: wait until the banana ripens to freeze it. Your taste buds will thank you. Step 3: Add 3 ice cubes. I know 3 is a specific number but I’ve experimented and this is definitely the ideal number.
Step 4: Add a handful of greens.
Step 5: Add 1 tbsp of PB2. If you’d prefer regular peanut butter or almond butter, that works too. But take my word for it—if you haven’t tried PB2, you should!
Step 6: Add one tsp (or really, however much you can stomach) of apple cider vinegar. I have a love/hate relationship with this stuff. So good for you, but so hard to tolerate.
Step 7: Add a pinch of cinnamon (optional)
Step 8: Add a pinch of ground nutmeg (optional)
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Blend the heck out of that stuff until smooth.
And enjoy! Also, sipping through a straw is optional but definitely recommended.

Currently listening to “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye