I am very into smoothies. I think it's because it's so hot and they are refreshing and a way for me to get more protein in my day, plus with the Ninja single serve it's incredibly easy to make with not a ton of cleanup involved. Tasty, easy, cool: that's my kind of drink.
I discovered this recipe in July of 2014. We were spending the summer housesitting and I was cooking a lot, trying new recipes and figuring out how to actually enjoy the summer, which sounds wild; I know but for so much of my life summers have been about work in some form or another. I talk about this more in a post from #reverb15 . The point is that I was feeling adventurous and had recently gotten the Nutribullet when I saw Sarah's post about a Spinach, Pineapple and Peanut Butter smoothie. It may say something about me that when I first read that I thought, "ooh, sounds intriguing" rather than "that sounds weird," but I'd also tried to make black bean cookies that summer, so this was definitely going to be better than that!
And it was!
I altered her original recipe a bit. I use peanut butter rather than almond butter and I don't include chia, but you could do whatever you want with it. I don't really measure the ingredients any more and yesterday when I made this it was a bit more pineapple-y than before but still just as good.
One thing about smoothies, is that depending on how you're blending it, it may matter the order you throw things in. With a blender, I don't think it makes as much of a difference, but with the Ninja or Nutribullet, you're kind of stacking ingredients so you have to decide what works best for you and your blender/smoothie maker.
If you love smoothies and you're up for an adventure, here's what you need:
- 1 cup almond milk (I use unsweetened almond milk and I like to add it last.)
- 1 handful of spinach leaves (I'm pretty generous with this to give it the nice green color; you don't really taste the spinach)
- 3/4 cup pineapple (I use fresh pineapple but you could use frozen. You can also do a little less or a little more, depending on your tastes).
- 1-2 tbsps of peanut butter. ( I use Smart Balance Peanut Butter because it's lower in sugar; you could sub almond or sun butter).
Pulse until well blended and enjoy!