This post is sponsored by my wonderful friends at Bob’s Red Mill! We’re using their amazing chia seeds for this Ginger Banana Green Smoothie.
Oh hi hello! Did you miss me? I sure missed you.
Maybe you didn’t even realize I was out of commission this weekend. But if you did, I have a very good excuse: I was off having one of the best weekends ever.
I completely unplugged (with the exception of a few email check-ins) and had an awesome weekend enjoying this warmish weather! And it was BLISS. Complete and total bliss.
Mark and I spent some time in his hometown with his parents and friends, and then we watched his old family home videos, which were adorable and perfect. We also ate all the things like gluten free mac & cheese and vegan sloppy joes.
And then the next day…we went skiing! In 50 degree weather! It was my first time skiing, and I have to say it was amazing. It’s such a thrill to be gliding along so quickly on your skis. I had some serious issues when it came to getting up after falling down (which was way easier than I’d care to admit), but I had a complete and total blast. Plus, the day was ended with beer and vegan grilled cheese. I mean hello. Best weekend ever.
But after a weekend of indulging, my stomach was less than enthused. I’m pretty sure I heard some faint whispers of “I hate you” on Monday, coming from my stomach region. Not ideal.
SO I could not WAIT to dive head-first into my new favorite smoothie: this Ginger Banana Green Smoothie.
Seriously though. I haven’t posted a smoothie recipe on here in about 2 years. And there’s a reason. I almost never look for smoothie recipes online, as I usually just pick and choose from what I find in my fridge/cabinet, throw them in a blender, and badaboom: it’s smoothie time. I’m not sure if you all feel the same. Hopefully not.
Because this Ginger Banana Green Smoothie. It totally deserves a whole post all to itself. I have had it for breakfast every day for (literally) a month and a half. And I just bought a gaggle of bananas at the store yesterday so I can continue to do so.
I love this smoothie!
It’s really really simple, and only requires a handful of ingredients:
- a frozen banana – gives us a smooth and creamy texture + some sweetness
- a handful of spinach – for nutrients + color
- hemp hearts – for protein (can also sub protein powder of choice)
- ginger – for THE most addictive warm and spicy flavor + digestive benefits
- cinnamon – for some warmth + blood sugar stabilization
- chia seeds – for protein, fiber, + texture!
Bob’s Red Mill Chia Seeds are kinda the star of this smoothie. You can absolutely blend them up with the rest of the ingredients, but I find that they make smoothies too thick if treated this way. I like to mix them in, by hand, right at the end. That way, they’ll be nice and crunchy and pop-y when you’re eating your smoothie. It’s pretty perfect. I love these tiny seeds!
And the texture! I like my smoothies thiiiiiick and icy. But when the ice is blended with the rest of the ingredients, this smoothie almost has the texture of a Frosty. Oh yes. I said frosty.
For real friends. I think you’re going to love this one. Enjoy!
Ginger Banana Green Smoothie
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My all-time favorite breakfast green smoothie! Slightly spicy, and totally creamy, dreamy, and delicious.
- Add banana, spinach, ginger, cinnamon, almond milk, and ice cubes to a high-powered blender. Blend, scraping down the sides and adding more almond milk if needed, until smooth. Mix in the chia seeds by hand. Pour into 1-2 cups and top with granola if desired.
*1 tsp. ginger is my favorite way to make this smoothie, but fair warning: it is spicy. Opt for the 1/2 tsp. ginger instead if you're not a huge ginger fan; the flavors are nice and balanced this way.
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