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Strawberry Banana Greenie

strawberry banana spinachIf you judged by the title and guessed I made it to the grocery store for produce you would be right! I was suffering through the 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge because I haven’t been able to get to the store!

Yah for grocery store trips! Woot!

I am not a fan of grocery shopping. Once upon a time in a land far away called Oklahoma I did not mind it. Since moving to Michigan and landing myself in the middle of nowhere, grocery shopping has become much more of a chore than it should be. What I used to find fun and relaxing I now find stressful and something that gives me great big huge amounts of anxiety.

But, it is something that must be done.

I am thankful for a little variety with Day 7 (8,9, and 10) Strawberry Banana Greenie. I was super excited to see some strawberries in the grocery store on sale that actually looked like fresh homegrown strawberries. And let me tell you they tasted wonderful.

I should know, I tested. 😉

There might be a part of me that was actually excited to get to the grocery store and shop for produce because we were out of everything.

This smoothie was a little thicker due to the banana so I went back to having 2 small jars to fill. I even tried to make a cuter photo for Instagram. Pretty huh?

Strawberry Banana Greenie

Chrystal Mahan YUMeating.com


  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk


  • Place all ingredients in the blender and blend well.

So how was my first week of the Green Smoothie 30-Day Challenge?

Well, it was not as bad as I expected. There were some issues like the lack of produce and I had some worries about my first weekend. But I think I handled and survived it.  First I was worried about how I would handle having a smoothie while everyone else was eating. I do a lot of cooking for YUM on the weekends and this also tends to be family bonding time. Lunch is usually a smaller meal so I thought replacing my own lunch with a smoothie would not be too big of a deal if I fed them leftovers.

That is exactly what I did and it turned out to work out well. Despite lack of ingredients I still managed to make it through Week 1!

I’m pretty excited to use some of the recipes from my cookbook and it’s giving me a lot of ideas for my new one. Not to mention, a lot of smoothie recipes to share on YUM!

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  1. I detest grocery shopping too. I’m not quite sure when it happened – but I seem to suffer from the same “what do I need!” feelings in the market. I’m impressed with your 30 day challenge and am thinking about giving it a go. This one looks good! Do you recommend a specific protein powder?

    1. I have tried a lot over the years and while I enjoy Ideal Shape and find the flavor and price to be spot-on, I always go back to Designer Whey because I can easily get it in my supermarket or drug store.

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