This coconut peanut butter green smoothie is a simple recipe that will fill you up for hours. Filled with healthy fats, vegetables, protein and optional carbs, this vanilla coconut green smoothie is an easy way to achieve your goal to get more vegetables in!
Green smoothies are a great way to enjoy your breakfast on the go, a way fuel for a workout or refuel after an intense sweat session. This coconut peanut butter green smoothie can be enjoyed on the go or in a bowl with fun toppings, making it feel more like a traditional breakfast. My favorite toppings include homemade coconut paleo granola (obsessed), chia seeds, hemp hearts, coconut flakes, banana slices, chopped nuts, various fruit.
I used to swear that I couldn’t have a smoothie for breakfast, I needed to “eat” my food and that was that. But then I discovered the power of chia seeds and some healthy fat added to my smoothies. OMG life changing. Now I’m more than happy to drink my meals. In fact, it’s one of my favorite ways to ensure I’m getting my nutrition on when I’m having a sweet craving. Chocolate peanut butter smoothie… oh yes. 🙂 Or you can try this coconut peanut butter smoothie. I promise I won’t judge you when you change your mind about green smoothies as well.
I actually just sent the members of my nutrition coaching program a few fun green smoothie recipes, since I know how beneficial they can be for fat loss and weight management. Unlike sugary cereal or underwhelming “fiber” bars, green smoothies, made the right way, can provide you nourishment and leave you satisfied, not just counting the hours until your next meal. And that my friends will lead you to fat loss.
Don’t be afraid of the fat!! Eating fat is essential for fat loss! It also helps with:
- Source of energy
- Manufacture and balance hormones (happy hormones = fat loss)
- Form our cell membranes
- Form our nervous system and brain
- Essential for the absorption of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K
After intense exercise, the body is primed to utilize carbs and protein more efficiently. Carbs to restore lost glycogen stores, and protein to help with muscle recovery. To do this easily, I add 2-3 tbs. oats into my smoothie. It makes it even more filling and helps provide you body with exactly what it needs to refuel. You could also add 1/2 of a banana to this smoothie, but I was out after recipe testing a new chocolate almond cookie recipe (coming soon).
To ensure that your smoothies are easy to drink and you wont’ be chewing ingredients, it’s best to have a high speed blender. I have a Ninja that I bought a few years ago and love it. Dave ended up getting a Ninja with larger cups because his green smoothies are out of this world big. But they are filling and he gets at least 1-2 servings of veggies with them so I don’t complain much. This is the model I have and the model that Dave has!Get your veggies with this coconut peanut butter green smoothie #vegan #breakfast @pancakewarrior_ Click To Tweet
- 1 cup frozen spinach
- 1 scoop protein powder (I used About Time VE Vanilla)
- 1¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk (I used So Delicious)
- 2 tbs. unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tbs peanut butter
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 2-3 tbs. oats (I used Coach's Oats)
- Toppings (optional)
- 1 tbs. coconut flakes
- 2-3 tbs. homemade coconut paleo granola
- 1 tbs. hemp hearts
- Put all the ingredients in a high speed blender or bullet in the order listed. Blend well until incorporated. Top with optional toppings. Serve cold!
What about you?
- Do you drink green smoothies or eat them out of a bowl?
- What is your favorite flavor combination for green smoothies?
- What is your favorite tip on how to get more vegetables in your diet?