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Banana Spinach Smoothie (with Peanut Butter)

by Dana Bean, RD
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A super refreshing drink, this Banana Spinach Smoothie with Peanut Butter is super easy to make! It makes a wonderful snack or part of a breakfast. And for your convenience, the recipe is right here at the top (aka no long life story before you get to it).

Banana Spinach Smoothie with Peanut Butter

Prep Time5 minutes
Keyword: smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 Bananas, frozen If not frozen, add ice
  • 1 cup spinach, very loosely packed
  • 3-4 Tbsp peanut butter don't need to measure exact
  • 1 cup milk can use milk alternative

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a full size blender and blend on high for 1-3 minutes until thoroughly mixed

No Frozen Bananas? No Problem

If you don’t have frozen bananas, no worries. Just add a couple ice cubes to make it chilled, or leave them out and you’re smoothie will be more like room temp which is no problem either.

banana spinach smoothie with peanut butter

What Should I Eat with the Banana Spinach Smoothie with Peanut Butter?

If you’re having the smoothie for a snack, sometimes it may be ok on it’s own (take a look at where you’re hunger is!). But if you’re having it as part of a meal or need to add more to your snack then you may want to consider adding some carbs, protein, or both. Here are some options:

  • Bagel + cream cheese
  • Crackers + tuna salad
  • Oatmeal
  • Lunch meat + cheese sandwich
  • Burrito bowl
  • Quesadilla + sour cream and salsa

When to Choose a Smoothie

Deciding on a smoothie can come from a satisfaction cue like – “It’s hot outside! A smoothie sounds sooo good”. And there are a few other reasons why it may be a helpful option to consider:

You’re in a Hurry

Once you’ve made a smoothie once or twice, it can be really quick to throw the ingredients in a blender, add it in a to-go cup and be on your way. Don’t forget to pair it with more food if needed as mentioned above. Also, do yourself a favor and leave the blender soaking while you’re out (otherwise it’s a pain to clean later).

Your Appetite is Lower and You’re Needing Food

Intuitive eating isn’t just “eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full”. It is more nuanced and life is full of complexities. If you’re appetite has been low, but you know you need food, a smoothie can be a great option. Often, it can be easier to drink a liquid than to eat a solid. Smoothies can be a more efficient way to get some helpful nutrients while also being pretty tolerable to a low appetite.

It Sounds Great!

Like I mentioned before, a great reason to reach for a smoothie could also be that it’s what you’re body is wanting. If you’re not sure what that feels like, know that I have some resources for you it can often take some time and practice!

banana, spinach, peanut butter, and milk in a blender before making a smoothie

Why is the Recipe First?

I’m glad you asked! I know it can get overwhelming to be excited about a recipe, then have to scroll through a seemingly never-ending life story before finally finding the recipe. I started to notice it becoming a difficulty for some of my nutrition counseling clients. So that’s why I’ve created No Guilt Nutrition Recipes – a place where finding the actual recipe isn’t so difficult or cumbersome. Usually the recipe is hidden in a blog post or you have to pay a subscription to see the recipe quickly, but here you’ll find it first on the page!

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