Hi friends! I am working on a “meal plan” for a week-long vegetarian/ vegan challenge that the veggie club at my school is doing. Kids can choose to eat vegetarian or vegan for a week, but the meal plan I’m creating has ideas and recommendations for vegan breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. I’ll publish it on my blog early next week as we are starting the challenge as a club late next week. Feel free to participate in the challenge with us! I’ll be doing day-by-day recaps of it on my blog by showing what people participating in the challenge ate. I am so excited for it, as hopefully it will get kids in veggie club to eat more plant-based meals. Maybe it will even cause some kids to become full-fledged vegetarian or vegan if they are not already! Wouldn’t that be awesome!?
Here is the smoothie section of the challenge. I am going to link it up to next week’s “meal plan” post.
Above: some of my favorite smoothies. These are pictures from my Instagram, @peanutbutterandle.
MY FAVORITE SMOOTHIE RECIPES
GREEN SMOOTHIE 1: PEANUT BUTTER BANANA
- 1 cup nondairy milk (my go-to is unsweetened almond milk)
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter (or another nut butter)
- 1 cup greens (spinach or kale)
- 1 banana, frozen (I peel a bunch of ripe bananas and keep them in a plastic bag in my freezer for smoothies and banana ice cream)
Add the milk, then the nut butter, then greens, then the banana to a blender. I use a Vitamix 5200. It’s expensive, but it works really well. I love it. Blend and enjoy your smoothie. You can top smoothies with coconut flakes, granola, fruit, nuts, and seeds. I love to “go crazy” with toppings! This smoothie serves 1.
GREEN SMOOTHIE 2: TROPICAL STRAWNANA
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1 banana, frozen
- 8 (1/4 cup) strawberries
- handful of greens
- 1 Tbsp coconut flakes, optional
Always add the liquid first (to the bottom of the blender) for a smoothie as it makes the smoothie easier to blend. Blend this baby up and enjoy! Serves 1. Other fruity green smoothie recipes I love are HERE and HERE.
GREEN SMOOTHIE 3: CHIAVOCANANA
*** This smoothie is pretty earthy so just be aware of that if you try it!***
- 1 cup nondairy milk (I love almond milk)
- 1 frozen banana
- 8 frozen strawberries
- 2 cups kale (or another leafy green)
- 1/4 or 1/2 avocado
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
Throw everything in a blender and blend, baby, blend! Serves 1.
HERE IS A LINK TO HUNDREDS OF OTHER SMOOTHIE RECIPES MADE BY THE FABULOUS SIMPLE GREEN SMOOTHIE WEBSITE.
Enjoy these smoothie recipes! I love smoothies because they are a great quick, convenient, portable, and healthy meal.