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May 14, 2018

Paleo Green Smoothie with Just Three Ingredients


If you’ve known me for awhile, you know I am generally trying to eat paleo (fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and free range/grass fed eggs, fish, and meat). If you’ve ever tried eating paleo, you know that one of the hardest things about it is buying, preparing, and storing all of that food!

Since having kids, I describe myself as paleo-ish, because it’s not always possible for me to make everything from scratch and the last thing I need is an unrealistically high standard for myself.

To make this lifestyle possible, I’ve started creating quick and easy paleo-friendly snacks and meals, and this smoothie¬† just might be my favorite. With only three ingredients (plus water), a smooth texture, and a naturally sweet flavor, it’s perfect for adults and kids too. You don’t need a fancy blender like a Vitamix to make this smoothie–my Ninja gets the job done. Plus, you can squeeze in several servings of leafy greens any time of the day!


2 Frozen or Fresh, Ripe Bananas, broken into halves

2 TBSP Cashew Butter (unsweetened, salted)

3 cups loosely packed Baby Spinach

Serves: 2



Pack as much spinach as you can fit in your blender. Drop the banana halves on top. Scrape the cashew butter onto the banana halves. Run about 1-2 cups of cold water over everything and blend thoroughly. Pour and enjoy!


The secret to this smoothie is the cashew butter. Of all the tree nut butters, I’ve found it to be the creamiest and sweetest tasting. (Peanuts are actually legumes and are not part of the paleo diet.) But we have quite a few friends with serious tree nut allergies, so I’ve also tested out a nut-free version that is great!

If you or your kids have nut allergies, you can substitute SunButter (blended sunflower seeds) to make an allergy-friendly version. It will have a slightly different flavor but an equally great texture! To help sweeten the SunButter, you can add some maple syrup or agave.

Nut Free Paleo Green Smoothie:

2 Frozen or Fresh, Ripe Bananas, broken into halves

2 TBSP SunButter (unsweetened, salted)

3 cups loosely packed Baby Spinach

1 TBSP Maple Syrup or Agave (optional)

Serves: 2



The simple base of this smoothie allows for lots of yummy variations. I like to add a teaspoon of cinnamon and/0r vanilla extract for a little added flavor. Or, for a special treat, I make a Mocha Paleo Smoothie by adding a cup brewed and refrigerated coffee instead of the water and a tablespoon of cocoa powder.

Let me know if you try these or any other variations!



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