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For our family, one of the hardest things to do during the busy baseball season is easy sensibly. I know, it shouldn’t be that hard, right? I’ve shared some easy snacks on the go in the past, but when you’re busy going, going, going, sometimes it’s just easier and more convenient to run your family through a drive through on your way home rather than eat dinner at 4 p.m. or 9 p.m. at night. One way to solve that is try to supplement your kids eating habits with quick and simple snacks throughout the day that give them the extra nutrients and energy they need to be successful both on and off the field. Today we’re sharing the BEST Green Smoothie for Athletes and kids on the go! It’s easy, delicious, and can be made quickly and stored for snacking anytime of day!
The Best Green Smoothie for Athletes and Kids
What is the best green smoothie recipe?
This one. 😉 Just kidding, but it is really good. Green smoothies are great because if you have picky eaters, like I do, I can hide some leafy green goodness inside the smoothie, masked under fruity flavors. It’s a great way to get those veggies in that your kiddos don’t like to eat, but that they can stomach in a delicious “ice cream like” smoothie.
Here’s a little bit about the smoothie health benefits for this recipe.
The milk provides not only hydration, but a good mix of protein and carbs. The Greek yogurt provides an additional protein boost. The peanut butter has healthy fats and additional protein. Bananas provide fiber, vitamins and can help prevent muscle inflammation and spinach is full of fiber and vitamins that aid in building muscle.
Smoothies are a great post work out way to refuel your body. They not only provide hydration, but this version includes a good mix of healthy proteins, carbohydrates and nutrients, which help your body and muscles recover and rebuild after an intense workout.
If you want the health benefits of chocolate milk after a workout, you can replace some of the white milk in the recipe for chocolate. Both ways taste good, but the color is a little less green and maybe not as “pretty” as you’d like. Tastes delicious though!
Green Smoothie Recipe
- 1 1/2 large bananas, peeled, frozen and sliced
- 3 handfuls spinach leaves
- 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
- 2 tsp Greek yogurt
- 1 cup 2% milk (can substitute chocolate milk for added benefits)
- Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Add more banana/spinach for a thicker smoothie or more milk for a thinner one.
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