Tuesday, July 24, 2012

My Favorite (not green) Smoothie

Coffee Banana Smoothie

I have been experimenting with making myself the perfect green smoothie in an effort to get more veggie nutrients and honestly, to help keep off the pounds.  I try to replace some of my daily calories with a low calorie smoothie.  So far I have not found a really great green smoothie so while I experiment I have been going back to my old standby...the Coffee Banana.  It fills me up, gives me a little jolt of caffeine and is about 200 calories.

 In a blender combine these ingredients:

1/2 cup cold coffee (or use instant)
1/2 cup milk of choice - I used Unsweetened Chocolate flavor almond milk**
1 medium banana sliced - I often use frozen sliced bananas I keep in the freezer
1 Tablespoon each ground flax seed and chia seeds
a few ice cubes

**also yummy with vanilla flavor, or if you use plain milk and want some more flavor add a dash of vanilla extract or spoonful of chocolate milk powder or chocolate syrup.


And if you have a great green smoothie recipe I'd love to try it.



  1. I tried making this one before, the kids love them! When making a smoothie, to have a much healthier mix, Rita, use skim or soy milk instead of regular milk. Plus, you may use frozen yogurt instead of ice cream. :)

    1. Hi Joseph, I actually used almond milk and no ice cream or frozen yogurt. :)

    2. Hi, Rita. I found your blog through the "a little bird told me" email - and I am so glad I did. It looks like we have a lot in common. Anyhow, I love green smoothies in the morning (will have to try your not-so-green, but tasty-looking one here). I usually use an avocado, a large bunch of kale or spinach, fresh mint, blueberries, cinnamon, and coconut milk (the drinkable kind, not the kind out of a can) or almond milk. I am on coconut milk now because I am nursing my daughter and she is sensitive to nuts. It works with any greens. You can also add honey or agave as a sweetener. It definitely tastes like a green smoothie, but it gives me so much energy and it feels great to start the day that way.


    3. Thank you! Your writing looks so interesting...I am bookmarking your blog and can't wait to do some reading!

  2. yum!! i just started buying Almond milk. Will have to try this!

  3. Sounds yummy! Love chocolate and coffee.