However, since green smoothies are getting a lot of attention on Pinterest lately, I decided to bite the bullet and make my own version. And to my surprise, I love it. You cannot even taste the spinach! With ingredients including cottage cheese, spinach, and PB2, my Popeye Smoothie is a protein powerhouse, making it a perfect post-workout snack/meal. As long as you can get over the in-your-face bright green color, you're golden. So grab the ingredients and a blender (and a dark colored glass if you don't want to be blinded by green), and whip up this healthy smoothie.
1/2 medium banana
1/4 cup low fat no salt added cottage cheese*
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1-2 packets stevia (or sweetener of choice)
2 Tbsp Original PB2 (mix with 2 Tbsp water to make it easier to blend)
2-3 handfuls of spinach
1-2 handfuls of ice
1 scoop unsweetened vanilla or chocolate protein powder
1-3 tsp chia seeds
*Cottage cheese is the secret ingredient to a super creamy smoothie. Even if you are not a fan, try it once and I bet you will never use yogurt in your smoothies again!
Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add more ice until desired consistency is reached. Drink immediately.
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Nutritional Information (without optional add-ins):
-Quick and easy to make
-Healthy and high in fiber
-Packed with protein; great post-workout snack
-Delicious (cannot taste the spinach)
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5