Jun 4, 2013

Just Peachy Green Smoothie


high protien shake with hemp seeds, spinach, peaches and bananas

At least 3 to 4 days a week, I start my morning with a green smoothie because it's a quick way to enjoy a nutritious breakfast without having to cook a thing. Just throw everything in the blender and breakfast is ready in less than a minute. I especially love this time of year when stone fruits are in season, especially sweet juicy peaches.


Which is the perfect time to make this delicious smoothie, because frozen peaches just aren't the same. For this protein packed liquid breakfast, I combined the peaches (skin and all) with a frozen ripe banana, some hemp seeds for extra protein, almond milk and baby spinach (you can't taste it, I promise!) My toddler loves green smoothies and always reminds me to buy spinach when I'm out (cracks me up!).

I often get asked about my blender, and I can't say enough good things about my Blendtec Total Blender. I never really knew what I was missing until I owned it, and now I'm not sure I could ever live without it. It's so powerful, perfect for whipping up smoothies and so much more. If you don't have one, no worries, I used to use my magic bullet and it worked just fine.

Best blender for smoothies

And just one note about counting points in smoothies, as per Weight Watchers the official answer is yes, you should count the fruit when you calculate the recipe in recipe builder when making smoothies. That being said, I've been told many WW leaders don't. One WW leader mentioned on my Facebook page: "you should let your weight loss be your guide. If you're doing smoothies within reason, I wouldn't count the points". So it's really up to you, if you don't count the fruit, this smoothie is 3 points plus.

Just Peachy Green Smoothie
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 2 • Size: 16-oz smoothie • Old Points: 4 • Weight Watcher Points+: 7 pt
Calories: 205 • Fat: 8 g • Carb: 31 g • Fiber: 6 g • Protein: 7 g • Sugar: 20 g
Sodium: 170 mg • Cholest: 0 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 packed cup baby spinach
  • 2 large or 4 small fresh ripe sweet peaches, pitted (2/3 cup)
  • 2 tbsp raw hemp seeds, shelled
  • 1 3/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • sweetener, to taste (I used a few drops of Nu-Naturals liquid stevia)

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth, adjust sweetener to your taste.

50 comments :

  1. Do you skin the peaches? Looks yummy!! I have begun experimenting with smoothies and love them but my regular old blender is only okay for smoothie making so your giveaway is a bonus!

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    1. Awesome, good luck. No, I threw the whole peach in without the pits.

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  2. I make this same smoothie, only I use a handful of cashews instead of the hemp seeds. :)

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  3. I was thinking about making this for my daughter...can I just leave the hemp seeds out or should I substitute something for them?

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    1. I think almonds would be great, or almond butter.

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  4. Looks SO good! On the pin-it-to-win-it contest, do you have more chances to win the more you pin?

    Love your site & there isn't a week that goes by that your recipes didn't make it onto my weekly menu planning :)

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    1. The winners are chosen totally random :)

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  5. We are still a good month from peaches here...

    sigh...

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  6. This smoothie looks delicious, I'll have to try it out for myself! Good thing I have a whole bag of baby spinach sitting in my fridge right now.

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  7. this looks delicious! I have a ton of green smoothie recipes on my blog too :)

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

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  8. Instead of hemp seeds would chia seeds work as well? Thank You. Can't wait to try out this recipe, sounds delicious.

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    1. Sure or almonds meal would be great.

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  9. Thank you Gina for the green smoothie recipes. As someone who is new to WW (doing online), would you recommend counting all the points?. I only have 26/day and 7 pts seems high for a green smoothie. I believe u have had success w/ WW before, and would like your opinion on what to do?

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    1. I'm not Gina but a long-time successful WW member. The current WW rule is to let your weight loss be your guide. You could start but not counting the fruit and if you see you are not losing, start counting it. However, if you cook fruit, you need to count the points. It changes the structure of the fruit. I think this really depends on how much fruit and veggies you eat. Personally, I eat a lot of fruits and veggies so I start counting them after so many servings. Otherwise I wouldn't be able to lose/maintain.

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  10. Last week, I finally tried your skinny green monster drink and it's amazing! I've been adapting it all week and I can't wait to try this one with local peaches in a couple of weeks. I haven't been able to find the hemp seeds, but I will substitute flax. We also tried your triple berry chia pudding - amazing!

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  11. Just made this and LOVED it! So delicious and easy! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  12. I'm allergic to bananas, but all the awesome looking smoothies have them as a base. What could I substitute?

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    1. Bananas are usually used to thicken the smoothie. You can used something like Greek yogurt for the same effect! Super yummy.

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    2. Peach mango would be great!

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  13. Looks so good! I can't wait for melons to be in full season to throw into my smoothies. Thank you for addressing the WW points issue with smoothies. I could never find an answer for p+.

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    1. I was glad to find an official answer.

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  14. Looks amazing! Can you use Kale instead of spinach??

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  15. I don't understand the "count the fruit in smoothies/don't count the fruit in smoothies" concept? I am following WW. Can someone explain it to me?

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    1. Fruit is zero PointsPlus with the WW system. However, once you put the fruit or veggies into a recipe, it can change the way your body metabolizes the fruit and is no longer considered zero. For instance, anytime you cook it, it is then counted. For smoothies, WW wants you to let your weight loss be your guide. Some people count them, some don't. If you are not counting them and are still losing weight, then stick with it. If you stop losing, you might need to start counting them. You should speak to your leader to determine the reason you are not losing. If you are eating tons of fruit, then it's going to inhibit your weight loss. I personally eat tons of fruits and veggies so I start counting them after a certain point. Gina uses the WW Recipe Builder for her recipes. The Recipe Builder does count fruit and veggies because it goes off the total nutritional values of the entire recipe. If you want to log it in your tracker without counting fruits or veggies, use the "add a meal" option instead. That will count them as Zero PointsPlus.

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    2. What do you mean, "once you cook it, it is then counted"? I cook veggies and they're not counted? I am doing online so I don't have a leader to ask. Thanks for your help.

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  16. Cannot use Almond Milk due to a tree nut allergy, any other suggestions that would taste as good without changing point values?

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  17. This looks super delicious! I have to find a place to buy hemp seeds...

    Style by Joules

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    1. I just found the hemp seeds at Sprouts Market. I don't know if you have one near you.

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  18. Thanks for posting this. I have been back and forth on blenders for the past couple of months. I was thinking about the Vitamix, the Ninja, etc. After reading this post, I hopped over to QVC.com to price the Vitamix. Turns out the latest Blendtec blender is the Today's Special Value at $399, free shipping, and 5 easy payments. It was meant to be! My blender is on the way. I will be trying many of your smoothies once it arrives.

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  19. This sounds delicious. I just bought some Almond Milk now I just need the peaches and spinach. I have kale on hand.

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  20. I have a blendtec and I have to say it is the best purchase I have ever made. I have used it 224 times since I got it

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  21. you can use coconut water instead of almond milk--it's 1 point per 8 oz.

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  23. Can you use flax seeds in place of hemp seeds?

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  24. This smoothie was great! We used honey instead of a sweetener and it turned out wonderfully

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  25. The smoothie looks delicious! I tried to enter the contest, but it keeps popping up an error on my pinterest username and I don't know how to fix it. Bummed out.

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    1. Send me an email and I will see if I can help.

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  26. Did you post the winners of the pin-it-to-win-it contest?

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  28. I love this recipe! We tried it once before and it was delicious but the next time we didn't have any frozen bananas so instead we used frozen pears. I thought it tasted even better! It was very fresh and the perfect way to start off my morning!

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  29. Best green smoothie I've ever had.

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  30. I love your recipes but everytime I try to print one off I get about 50 pages of other stuff I don't want.Is there a simple way to print off ust the recipe I am interested in at the time and also do you have a carb count on your recipes? Thanks..love your site and recipes.

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  31. per above post...I went back over recipes and found the carb count and the print friendly...Still love your site.

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  32. When I'm making smoothies for weight loss I like to have the base out of bananas/blueberries but I sneak some spinach or something else less tasty in as well. That way you still get the nutrients but not the taste.

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  33. Smoothies have proven to be a great way to lose weight. A perfectly blended smoothie makes a perfect vehicle for a low-calorie, nutritious and filling recipe, capable of helping you manage your weight effectively. The great thing about smoothies is that they are filling and if you select low fat low calorie options they can be great to fill you up without putting on the pounds.

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