Let me tell you something. Green smoothies, they're for real. Most people can't get through morning without their coffee, I prefer to start mine with a bubbling, fruity, green-colored smoothie.
I loved how Joy opened this "recipe" in her book: "A girl cannot survive on biscuits and bacon alone."
Words of truth! I love biscuits, and bacon. Especially when combined. The key is to love those things in moderation, and drink green stuff through a straw the rest of the time. Especially during swimsuit season.
Understandable, right? What might be a little more difficult to fathom is putting peanut butter in this green mix. Peanut butter? With peaches? And mango? Hecks yeah! Joy's original recipe had frozen banana (as well as kale), but I decided to go with what I had on hand. Why not? You only live once.
You know what? It was actually good! I like to think that I'm pretty well-versed in the making of tropical green smoothies, so adding in peanut butter was kind of a fun mix up. It's a nice protein boost, and a part of me sort of felt like I was drinking Reese's...it's really better than it sounds (or looks). Go green! Throw in peanut butter! Live yo life.
For more awesome smoothies and not-so-thigh-friendly nibbles, I highly recommend Joy's book. Plus, once you get it, you're eligible to join up with our Sundays with Joy group on facebook! It's a lovely place to be, in the company of brilliant women and brown butter. Be sure to head over to Bakeaholic Mama's page to see all the smoothie posts by the other group members.
And last, but certainly not least, Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there! I made mine an evil pie involving a sweet & salty crust, Guinness, chocolate, and marshmallows. I think he's going to like it :) Love you Papa!
Spinach Peach Mango Peanut Butter Smoothie
Yield: makes 1 large smoothie
- 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt(I use Greek)
- 3/4 cup soy, almond, or cow's milk
- 1 heaping cup clean spinach leaves
- 1/4 cup frozen chopped mango
- 1/4 cup frozen chopped peach
- 1 tablespoon all-natural peanut butter
Combine the yogurt, milk, spinach, mango, peach, and peanut butter in a blender. Blend until thoroughly combined, and no large spinach chunks remain, about 45 seconds.
Serve immediately in a large glass or mason jar with a pretty straw.
Sources: inspired by Joy the Baker's Cookbook