Sunday, June 22, 2014

JLo Jennifer Lopez's Spinach Protein Smoothie

I read an article the other day that said Jennifer Lopez (JLo) drinks a protein smoothie every morning. She said, "I knew the stuff that I was eating wasn’t giving me energy. I realized that after a while, and I was feeding this to my kids. Is this good for them?" she said. "So I was ready to try something different. This smoothie tastes fresh, and you’re doing something good for yourself. It makes a huge difference."

Jennifer made her comments about the smoothie while helping launch, "The Center for a Healthy Childhood," a new initiative between her Lopez Family Foundation and Montefiore Health System in her old 'hood... the Bronx. The Center will help provide mothers, children and families in the Bronx resources, healthcare and education. I love how she is paying her blessings forward.

She shared the smoothie recipe so you know I had to try it out. Here's JLo's Spinach Protein Smoothie with some slight Eggface adaptations in parentheses.


JLo's Spinach Protein Smoothie

1 handful Spinach
1 frozen Banana (I used 1/2)
1 cup Milk (JLo uses Rice Milk, I use Soy Milk)
2 scoops Almond or Sunflower Butter (I used 1 heaping Tablespoon Almond Butter)
1 scoop Protein Powder (I used Vanilla)

I searched the interwebs for a clearer recipe but no luck. The cooking term "scoop" when referring to protein powder is pretty standard. I use it myself and yes there are variations in scoop size from brand to brand but they are usually slight enough that it doesn't matter much... but "scoops" referring to the almond butter amount is what I questioned... that's not a typical measurement for almond butter and I find it hard to believe JLo is drinking "2 scoops" of almond butter in her shake every morning probably more like 2 Tablespoons but even that is a lot for one. I used 1 heaping Tablespoon, seemed perfect to me. Whizzed everything in the blender on high and voila.


Verdict: Jenny from the Block's Protein Smoothie is yummy and it's a really pretty shade of green too. Other than the color you'd never know there was spinach in it, the banana completely masks it. It's sweet but not too sweet. If you like sweeter shakes maybe a little Sugar Free Torani Syrup (SF Vanilla or Mmmm SF Almond would be great in it) the frozen banana was great as a thickener and made it colder but I think next time I'll add a couple of ice cubes to make it even more frosty.

 

Her smoothie did give me a little boost of energy, felt like I could get "on the floor" and bust out some "Fly Girl" moves of my own. Give it a try.

Not into the spinach thing...

Here are some of My Favorite (spinach free) Protein Shakes and Smoothies.

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

This actually sounds good. Will try. Thank you , Michele

Rita Phillips (Crickett)
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Dottie Andrassy said...

Not a spinach lover but love your other recipes! Happy Surgiversary and early Happy Birthday!!

Dottie Andrassy
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Anonymous said...

What kind of blender do you use to get the spinicah liquified?
- Malynda Tally
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Bobbi said...

I went and bought the items to make this for breakfast tomorrow! Can't wait!

Marie Hughes said...

Do you think she meant two heaping tsp of the butter? Two heaping would be almost a TBSP.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

I have a Vitamix Blender (treat a few years back) but I had an Oster Beehive for years (LOVED IT) around $60 1 switch, had it literally 20+ years and it would have done it fine.

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Yes maybe 2 teaspoons heaping... 1 Tablespoon was about right for me. Might try powdered peanut butter next time. Lower fat & cals, goes well with banana.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thank you :)

Tracey Delaplain said...

I'm glad to see someone talking about childhood nutrition in a positive light and not just as a political football. Kids need access to healthy food, period.
I always read your blog but I'm too lazy to comment.
Be well Tracey@whatsfordinnerdoc.com