Forgive me for the Peas on Earth pun, but I just couldn’t resist, especially with Earth Day coming up next week. This smoothie is almost definitely the answer to all of the world’s problems, though. I mean, it has frozen green peas in it for goodness’ sake! Now, I know what you’re thinking, a green pea smoothie?! But think about it, people put pea protein powder in smoothies. So why not go right to the source and add the actual green peas, right? Genius, I know. Plus, with the addition of matcha, spirulina, and a handful of leafy greens, this green pea smoothie is seriously green. Like bright, bright green, not one of those “green smoothies” that is actually a dark, murky gray. (No hate though, I love my murky gray smoothies too.)
This recipe is perfect for breakfast. It’s a great way to get more greens into your diet first thing in the morning. Also, the addition of matcha will give you that “alert calm” with none of the crash or jitters from coffee. I wouldn’t consider this smoothie a meal replacement necessarily; usually I’ll enjoy it with a piece or two of toast since it’s definitely a lighter smoothie as far as calories go. With that being said, you’re actually getting a decent amount of protein. Between the almondmilk, the green peas, the spirulina, and the banana, it’s a solid 10 grams. (You guys know I don’t worry about protein though, right? Get enough calories and you’ll get enough protein, easily.)
I think people forget that green peas are actually little powerhouses of nutrition! They are high in protein, fiber, B-vitamins, Vitamins A, C & K, thiamin, folate, and minerals including calcium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese. Who knew, right? A cup of cooked green peas also has 3.6 mg of lutein, an antioxidant that helps to keep our eyes healthy. Because our bodies don’t actually make lutein, we have to get it from our food sources. So, with that being said, let’s get those green peas into your breakfast with this delicious green pea smoothie. I love adding them in frozen because they make the smoothie thick and creamy but you honestly don’t taste them all that much. The flavor is there but is definitely subtle.
In the spirit of keeping this green pea smoothie clean and healthy, I’m using an organic unsweetened almondmilk as the base for this recipe. My favorite is from New Barn, because it’s literally just made from three ingredients. Organic almonds, organic acacia gum, and sea salt. (Okay, four ingredients if you count water!) All of their almondmilks are made with organic almonds which is important to me. Did you know that almonds are more susceptible to absorbing pesticides because of their thin skin? Recent studies show NINE different pesticides that frequently show up in non-organic almonds. Six of them are toxic to bees, four of them are hormone disruptors, and three of the nine contain neurotoxins. Yuck. Organic also means non-GMO and more sustainable farming methods, so I always choose New Barn’s organic almondmilk; for the environment (hello Earth Day!) and for my health.
I include a full banana in this green pea smoothie, which adds a little sweetness so to me, it does not need an additional sweetener. But if you prefer your smoothies a little sweeter, feel free to use a sweetened almondmilk or add a little maple syrup or a date or two. You’ll still get that delicious green, earthy flavor from the greens, matcha, and spirulina. Feel free to leave out the matcha if you are avoiding caffeine, and add more spirulina for an even darker green!
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