WATCH NOW: Lean & Green Superfood Smoothie Recipe and VIDEO
My first REAL YouTube video is LIVE! I had so much fun filming this step by step recipe video. I can definitely say I will be making more like this in the future! My YouTube channel will be kind of like an extension of my blog.. only in video form! I will be sharing healthy recipes, workouts, lifestyle and wellness tips - really anything that has to do with living an active, healthy lifestyle. If you have any video suggestions, leave them in the comments below!
So, since it was my first video I HAD to make one of my favorite treats - a SMOOTHIE.
The main reason I love smoothies: they remind me of a milkshake (and I LOVE ice cream).
Plus, there are so many different flavor combos you can whip up, it makes it nearly impossible to get bored or in a "rut" with smoothies. They make it super easy to throw in hidden veggies like spinach without even noticing it is there. I usually drink a smoothie before I work out in the morning because I like to work out on a light breakfast and then eat my heavier meal after I am finished. I ALWAYS include protein powder in my smoothies (because it makes it taste even MORE like a milkshake).
My favorite is the Unico Nutrition APOLLO Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder - but they just came out with a Birthday Cake flavor (my weakness) so that may steal my heart.
This smoothie uses avocados to get its creamy, thick texture. A lot of people like to use bananas in their smoothies for this same reason, but bananas are fairly high in sugar and carbs. Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and provide the same texture in my smoothies as bananas do, so lately I have been using them instead.
I honestly thought about naming this smoothie the "Green Goddess" smoothie because of all of the GREEN fruits and veggies that are packed inside! Avocados, spinach, green apples, and a Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens Blend give this sweet treat its vibrant color. The greener the better, right?!
Speaking of collagen: it is my latest OBSESSION. I have started to mix it in to my smoothies every day and I have noticed my skin feels smoother and my eyelashes even look a little longer. Collagen also helps keep you full and satisfied and supports healthy digestion. This Beauty Greens Blend has 5 extra organic vegetables in it too so that's ALWAYS a bonus.
Check out the video below! I went ahead and wrote out the full recipe too for easy reading. If you recreate this, snap a photo and tag me in it on Instagram @samanthabowers_! I absolutely love seeing your healthy treats, and if you tag me I will probably spam your page with an overflowing amount of likes.
So what are you waiting for?! Time to get those greens. Enjoy the video!
What kinds of videos do you want to see on my new YouTube channel? Recipes, workouts, lifestyle and wellness tips? Leave a comment below. I want to hear from you!
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