Spinach Blueberry Protein Smoothie
1 scoop whey protein powder (I used chocolate but vanilla would be perfect! There are MANY flavors so experiment with what works for YOU. The Vitamin Shoppe has many different brands and sample sizes as well)
1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen(Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, mixed berries...any fruit is great. Experiment with what YOU like)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup fresh baby spinach (Kale is also a great green to add...really just about any green leafy veggie)
1/2 cup or more crushed ice
1/2 cup of water
1-2 T of ground flax seed is great too
Combine ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth! DONE!
Try it....I DARE you! I think you'll be surprised! Enjoy!!!
***Save time in the morning by making this the night before in the blender's pitcher. Put all ingredients in a pitcher (except the ice) and refrigerate. The next morning, when you're ready, add ice and blend. D.O.N.E!
Update November, 2011.
I recently ran out of protein powder so I've been using my Chobani yogurt and 1tsp of Stevia in place of the protein powder. Not as much protein but a good substitute.
I'm trying to stay away from dairy as much as I can, but I do enjoy Greek yogurt. If you're staying away from dairy opt for a soy based yogurt instead. Tofu works great in smoothies too!
I've also been adding cinnamon to this mix and I am LOVING IT! Cinnamon is good for you! Check out this and many other great blogs at Mark's Daily Apple.