Going into the new year I decided to make the cliché resolution of eating healthier and working out more often — genius, I know.
The problem was everyone knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I am NOT a morning person. As long as I have my coffee I’m pretty happy but a meal is just as important for fueling brain power.
The last thing I want to do in the morning, though, is prepare a gourmet feast and take the time to sit down and eat before I head out for work. So for months I was eating whole wheat toast with peanut butter or avocado while trying to catch my apartment elevator or I bought a giant bagel from our work cafeteria and slathered it with veggie cream cheese (those veggies count, right?!).
After realizing eating straight carbs isn’t going to get me into shape, I tried what everyone recommends — oatmeal (too mushy), omelets (too much work) and protein bars (boooring).
Now see, I’m a lot like Oprah — girl loves her bread. But by eating it in the morning I was basically eating my day’s carbs very early on and didn’t have anything to look forward to later. Trying-to-be-skinny Jessica didn’t like that because then I couldn’t also eat bread at lunch and dinner.
Then I realized how obsessed I was becoming with Juice Press’s Green Light smoothie, which is a terrible habit to have because it’s an $11 smoothie. I just teared up.
In the process of getting desperate and trying to recreate it at home, I discovered a drink I like even more (after many failed attempts). Now I make this smoothie so much that I could probably do it with my eyes closed. I will even run out to the store late at night to find the ingredients if I’m missing something for the next morning.
And the best part? It keeps me full way past noon plus it fills my body with tons of protein and leafy veggies while I commute to work. And it takes five minutes max to make.
Sold? Here’s the recipe:
1 banana, sliced
1 plain Greek yogurt container (5.3 ounces)
Small spoonful of almond or peanut butter
5 ounces of almond milk (you can also use regular milk or water)
Giant handful of spinach (now’s your time to shine and get in those greens!)
4-5 ice cubes
Optional: additional fruit (I like frozen mango) and buckwheat (because Adriana Lima swears it boosts your metabolism)
1. Combine everything into a NutriBullet or whatever blender you have handy. I am obsessed with my NutriBullet though and highly recommend it if you’re going to up your smoothie game. It should look like this:
2. Blend until well mixed. You might have to stop it and scrape down the peanut butter and/or yogurt so it mixes in, about halfway through.
3. Pour and enjoy. It’s really that easy.
Disclaimer: As much as I’m obsessed with this smoothie, I do recommend trying the Juice Press one just once so you know what true happiness feels like.