Spicy Green Smoothie
Spicy Green Smoothie
This is a great recipe to kick off summer meal prepping because it uses in season summer ingredients like kiwi and Persian cucumbers. It’s also cold and light, but filling. Who wants to eat a hot and heavy breakfast on these 85 degree summer mornings? When I leave the house for my morning workout, the sun is barely up and I’m already sweating because it’s so hot this time of year. I need something cold and refreshing. While the temperature of this smoothie is cold, it is a little spicy. The spice will boost your metabolism and the iron from the spinach and kale will give you energy! Skin from the kiwi will also add fiber to this smoothie too. I add a scoop of vanilla protein powder to give this smoothie enough protein and calories to be a meal, but you can omit the protein powder and this smoothie would make a great snack too.
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Spicy Green Smoothie Recipe
- 1 kiwi unpeeled cut into quarters
- 1 Persian cucumber chopped
- 1 cup chopped spinach
- 1 cup chopped kale
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 pear unpeeled chopped
- 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
- *2 scoops vanilla protein powder (Arbonne Vanilla Protein Powder is my favorite!)
- water (if the smoothie is too thick)
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Notes on recipe
I found the above Spicy Green Smoothie recipe from Bob Harper’s “Skinny Meals” book. The recipe serves 1, but I always buy enough ingredients to make four servings so I’m not meal prepping every day. The Spicy Green Smoothie contains 306 calories, 25g of protein, 33g of carbs, 10g of fat, and 12g of fiber.
*I want to take a moment to share some info regarding protein powder. Most protein powders contain either soy or whey. Both of which are not good for you. Soy contains estrogen which your body doesn’t need regardless of whether you’re male or female. Whey protein is highly processed, and contains dairy, which can cause negative effects to many people. Ever since I did a 30 day Arbonne cleanse, I now swear by their products. Arbonne protein powder contains 20g of plant based protein (pea protein, cranberry protein, and brown rice protein) in every serving. This helps support your muscles by delivering essential amino acids and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. It also has been clinically tested and certified to have a low glycemic index, so all you diabetics out there this protein powder is your jam!
Notes on ingredients:
- I wanted to provide you with a price comparison chart for the ingredients from some of my favorite grocery stores. However the prices may vary from when I collected this information.
- Lemon juice was only offered at Publix, the other stores only offered lemons.
- Whole Foods may appear to be more expensive, but Whole Foods only offers organic produce and does offer discounts for Amazon Prime members.
- Target offers 5% off the total when using the red credit or debit card. This is on top of any coupon offers from their cartwheel app, and you get $0.05 off for every bag you bring in to bag your groceries.
- This table is based off of buying ingredients for 4 servings.
If you like smoothies/shakes for breakfast, definitely try my all time favorite Apple Pie Shake. What are some of your favorite summer ingredients? I’d love to hear from you!