Banana Bread Smoothie

If there is one thing I like about cold weather, it’s that it forces me to stay inside and work on things I’ve been putting off: cleaning bathrooms (I avoid this chore like the plague), organizing my closet, installing baseboards, you get it…

The Carnivore and I have had a productive couple of days. We have baseboards! Probably the least expensive thing we’ve done, but man – they have a BIG impact.

IMG_6490We also removed 1982 from above the island…

IMG_6337…and added this rail lighting to give me light EVERYWHERE! When we first installed this fixture, I only had 60w bulbs in the house. You should have seen it – a plane could’ve landed in our kitchen.IMG_6344In other news, the cold weather also has me in a dilemma.

Green smoothies are my favorite way to fuel in the morning and if I don’t get one in my system first thing, my day is turned on its head. Problem is, it’s 20 degrees outside. So I sit underneath my blanket in front of a space heater and sip my green drink. This is a problem.

The cold temperatures have me craving warming spices, so I’ve been playing with a series of cold weather approved cold drinks. Does that make any sense at all?

This banana bread smoothie gives me the nutrients I need to get goin’, and the comforting spices to take me away from the space heater. I’m not giving up the blanket just yet.

FullSizeRender(2)Banana Bread Smoothie

  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I’m currently using Spiru-Tein)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • 1 Tbsp. walnuts

Now when I make this smoothie, I load it up with greens. It’s not going to look much like banana bread with the added greens, but it’s still delicious! Close your eyes if you need to, or in my husband’s case… use a solid colored cup with a lid.

Add your spinach, protein powder, spices and vanilla to a blender. Blend until smooth. Then add your frozen banana. By using a frozen banana, you shouldn’t need ice (or not much!). Ice will water your smoothie down slightly. Blend until smooth. Finally, add in your walnuts. I don’t blend them for long, I like a little crunch in my smoothie. 😉

FullSizeRender(3)And there you have it… banana bread in a cup. Enjoy!

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