Hello there peeps!
First, thank you SO much for your comments and suggestions on what you do to make the most out of your breakfast smoothies. Two great sites that I've heard about (in case you're interested) are: Pimp My Protein Shake (although her recipes can be a bit complicated) and Green Monster Movement.
I have to say that I am super excited to try all of the things that I've found. The thing that would make my life easier is to not have to blend the ice...mostly because we only have cubes available, not crushed ice. My bullet is doing okay with it, it just takes awhile to blend, especially because I only blend for a minute at a time, so as to not overheat the motor.
I'm SO excited to tell you about my newest love. I used about two cups of spinach, a cup of low fat organic chocolate milk, and a scoop of some whey protein powder (french vanilla creme) that Joe has. I blended all the ingredients and then kept adding ice cubes as needed until I got this:
I know what you may be thinking - 300 calories is a lot. And it is - or at least, it can be. Someone could use a cup of fat free milk (at 90 calories a cup versus 190 in the chocolate milk for a cup) to reduce the calories to around 200. But I enjoyed this yummy shake in the evening, after my 30 Day Shred workout, as a meal. I wasn't super hungry after my workout, and I really didn't feel like fixing something intricate. So 300 calories chalk full of good stuff for me? It was great and it fit my needs at the time. I won't be having this often - or as a breakfast smoothie. If something is chocolatey in the morning, I tend to crave sweets all day long after that.