Okay guys, for this Foodie Friday I’m going to be really honest, I liked the idea of having a smoothie BUT I was usually hungry a couple of hours later and then I’d buy a hamburger, or I’d cook up a whole box of mac n’ cheese.
Recently I’ve been trying to eat healthier and I came across this recipe. It doesn’t have any super unique things like protein powder, or seaweed or anything special….it was just really simple and straight forward and Ally from Ally’s Cooking claimed it would “Keep you full for hours!”. To be honest, maybe it was because I was hangry, or maybe it was because I just have this natural ability to distrust everything anyone says to me, but I was really not thinking this smoothie was going to be good. I expected it to taste weird, and that in a half an hour I’d be chowing down on a Big Mac (sorry Ally). So I made the smoothie and the first sip was “Oh Wow! This actually tastes great!”. I honestly was surprised. I thought for sure I’d be able to taste the spinach, but NOPE! It was the perfect tropical lunch smoothie I was hoping for and I even set up a little photoshoot with it in my garden. I wasn’t even going to write about it, and didn’t even put it on my editorial calendar yet here I am writing about it because January is the month of diets, fads, fasting, and working out till you pass out and if there’s anything I can offer that makes all this pressure plus the winter blues melt I will. So here’s what’s in it!
- 1 cup Spinach: 7 calories
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk: 40 calories
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks: 75 calories
- 1 banana: 105 calories (I like to buy fresh bananas, cut them up and put them on a cookie sheet and freeze them)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds: 65 calories
Throw all of it into a blender and enjoy. Also, for those of you watching your caloric intake, the smoothie only comes to 290 calories!
You can also do what I’ve done in the picture above and put your prior frozen bananas, spinach, and pineapple all measured out in these little bags. Now when I want a smoothie I can just grab a bag and throw it in the blender with a scoop of chia seeds and add enough almond milk to make it smooth!
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After drinking this, I chilled out a little, did some P90 and then had my after workout snack which turned out to be more obligatory to meet my caloric intake for the day than hunger, so I would say that this recipe definitely lived up to it’s “full for hours” promise!
Let me know what you think of it in the comments and if you’ve had any smoothies that have staved off hunger for an entire meal, please shoot me a link in the comments or through email! Have a great day!