Banana Cinnamon Smoothie
I hope your holiday was amazing. Mine definitely was, which is why I'm posting this smoothie- to help with a bit of detox/ rejuvenation after the indulgences of Christmas.
You might not think a gluten free, dairy free Christmas meal is indulgent- but it is, especially with my mom's GF stuffing. It's legendary!
Typically, cleansing and detox starts in the new year, which is great. However, this time in between Christmas and New Years is a perfect time for a nutritional boost. If you have enough greens this week, maybe your New Years hangover won't show up! (Just kidding. Greens are great but they aren't magicians;) )
This smoothie may be green, but it definitely doesn't taste it! I refuse to drink gunky green concoctions just because they are good for me, so this one is both delicious and nutritious! Adding spinach increases iron, vegetable consumption and phytochemical intake for the day. Banana, as we all know, is high in potassium but is also a good source of Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C.
1 cup almond milk, or milk of your choice
1 ripe banana, fresh or frozen
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp vanilla
1 cup or 2 big handfuls spinach or kale, or both
Protein options: 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder, or 1 tbsp almond butter, or 1 tbsp chia seeds, or 1 tbsp hemp seeds
*note: use whatever protein you like or have on hand. If using protein powder, I find it usually makes the smoothie too sweet, so use half a banana instead of a full and throw some extra greens in there to cut the sweetness!
Add all ingredients except ice cubes to a blender. Blend until smooth. Add ice cubes and blend until you've reached your desired thickness. Drink and feel great!