Smoothies are my go-to lunch. I usually run or strength train in the afternoon, so I don’t like to have anything heavy in my stomach. Also, I’m not a lunch person. Honestly, who is? Some people love breakfast food so much they eat it for dinner; some people love dinner so much they eat it for breakfast. Lunch is just kind of lame, that thing you do so you don’t get hella cranky.
After googling “healthy smoothies” and coming to the opinion that one person’s “healthy” is another person’s “garbage,” I decided to make my own. I’ve spent the last several months throwing random shit in my blender and seeing what happened. After much trial and error, I came up with something I can actually stand to eat everyday. That’s how much I like it.
I see a lot of recipes that call for almond milk or some other kind of nut juice for the base, which baffles me, quite frankly. Sure, it’s low cal, but it also lacks nutrients. It doesn’t have the protein of milk or almonds because it’s mostly water. Basically this means I’ll be starving, and my workout will crash and burn. No, thanks.
Finally I settled on using nonfat plain Greek yogurt for a base, because: 1) I hate the taste of vanilla/any flavored yogurt, and the added sugar is no bueno 2) protein boost 3) I’m adding better fat with avocado, which also makes the smoothie creamy. But maybe you don’t like avocados, in which case we can’t be friends. Just kidding. If you aren’t an avocado fan, use whole Greek yogurt instead of nonfat. Remember, fat isn’t a bad thing. You need it.
Next comes the spinach. I personally love spinach, but to be honest, you have to put a whole lot in to taste it–more than the two handfuls I recommend. Sometimes I do add more, just to give it a green taste. If I know I’m going to have spinach for dinner, I leave it out. It’s just an extra boost of micronutrients–there’s no real added calories in the way of fat or protein, so the choice is yours.
Lastly, to make it taste good, I add a cup of chopped frozen fruit. Mostly I go with half blueberries and half strawberries, but mango and pineapple is also super delicious.
And there you go: A lunch that won’t weigh you down but will keep you going through the afternoon.
2 large handfuls spinach
1 cup frozen fruit
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 cup water