Banana Wellness Shake
Banana Date Green Smoothie for Beginners!
Green smoothies can be a little frightening for some, especially those for whom the color “green” somehow means yucky. I love this smoothie because if you close your eyes and taste it, you’ll love the sweet, creamy deliciousness that reminds you of a banana shake. When you open your eyes and see the beautiful green, you’ll just have to conclude green can be delicious! It’s a great plan, right?
Seriously though, this smoothie is packed with 2 cups of healthy baby spinach that the person enjoying it will never taste. It’s really the perfect introduction for kids and adults who are “green-phobes”.
This recipe was adapted from Emily von Euw, author of thisrawsomeveganlife, a blog. Hers wasn’t green and was more of a healthy dessert, then a smoothie. I put my healthy spin on it, adding greens, increasing some ingredients and decreasing several that made it overly sweet. It’s still plenty sweet and dessert-like, but no apologies are needed because every ingredient is super healthy.
The recipe calls for a frozen banana. Bananas are a staple in our house but I don’t like their flavor once they’ve become overripe. Because they’re fun to have frozen for smoothie and easy vegan “ice cream”, I’m frequently breaking one or two into quarters and throwing it into the freezer in a zip lock baggie. If you don’t have a high speed blender like my Blendtec, probably best to slice the bananas and then freeze; it will be easier on your blender.
The recipe also uses dates, a common sweetener in healthy sweet dishes. Dates must be soaked before blending. Even high speed blenders won’t tolerate unsoaked dates. If you’re in a rush pour near boiling water over them and let them soak about 20 minutes. I often take a good cup or two of dates and soak them. I use about 1/4 to 1/2 cup for a recipe and then I put the remaining dates, still soaking in water, in the refrigerator. They’ll keep several days that way and you don’t need to wait for them to soften.
I hope you enjoy this delicious and healthy smoothie. Please let me know any variations you come up with and if this persuaded anyone in your life to trust (and dare we say “love”) green!
1 organic frozen banana
1 cup vegan organic milk – I used unsweetened plain almond milk.
2 cups organic baby spinach leaves
4 pitted organic dates, soaked in hot water for at least 20 minutes
1 Tablespoon raw organic nut butter – I used almond butter
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon organic cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Take all the ingredients and blend until smooth. You can top it with a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg.
Dr. Vikki Petersen DC, CCN
IFM Certified Practitioner
Founder of HealthNOW Medical Center
Author of “The Gluten Effect”
Author of eBook: “Gluten Intolerance – What You Don’t Know May Be Killing You!”