MAY
23
2013

Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe

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Hello everyone! I have a yummy and healthy smoothie recipe for you today! I’ve been having fun experimenting with the Vitamix we received for Christmas. I’m not gonna lie, some things taste a little “too natural” for me, like…um…eating grass.

But this one seems to work well for my taste buds and is fairly healthy so I thought I would share it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 handful baby spinach leaves
  • 1 handful frozen strawberries
  • 1 handful frozen bananas
  • 1 orange or about 2 large tablespoons of orange juice concentrate

Method:
Yeah, so just dump it all into your Vitamix and turn it up to high! I’m not sure a regular blender would mix the spinach enough, but if you have a good one it’s worth a try!

And you’ll end up with something like this, don’t be afraid of the light green color. It’s just the spinach, but the taste is still nice and fruity from the oranges. And you know you’re getting some good vitamins in this smoothie too!

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Let me know what you think if you try this recipe! It does have a little spinach flavor in it, but the orange cuts it down enough in my opinion to make it easy to drink. I’ll share some more as we get better at this thing. Jason (my husband for newer readers) is obsessed with making all vegetable smoothies. But to me they taste too much like grass/dirt, so I haven’t been willing to share them yet!

But I’m working on getting one that tastes good and is worth it’s weight in veggies.

Have a good recipe to share? Make sure to leave a comment below!

 

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Comments

  1. looks good..and healthy!

  2. I love my green smoothies. I prefer to use kale instead of spinach in my smoothies. I also like to make one with avocado and chocolate powder. the kids love it and it’s so healthy. For an extra dose of nutrition add some home grounded flaxseed meal to your smoothies. It adds fiber and lots of omega 3 fatty acid. :)

  3. This looks great Erica! I’m going to be making this for my kids! Thank you :-)

  4. Trust me you will acquire a taste for these. I love apples, pineapple, or grapes in mine. They are natural sweeteners. I , also enjoy Kale or collards in mine in addition to the spinach. Healthy and delicious way to start your day.

  5. Almond milk, banana, PB2 (powdered peanut butter), a squirt of chocolate (or chocolate protein powder) and about 1/4 c crushed ice. I also do frozen berries (the Costco mix), vanilla protein powder, and almond milk. Almond milk is great in smoothies – I usually use in place of water. I throw spinach into the berry smoothie when I have it.

    We also make a lot of soup in our vitamix. A fav is asparagus (steamed OR the frozen grilled asparagus from Trader Joe’s), hot water, and a heaping spoon of creme fraiche. Yummy.

  6. I have done some of the recipes above and they are great. One easy and good recipe that we use here that is a hit is: 1 banana broken into pieces, 4 or 5 frozen strawberries, small handful of blueberries, you can add flaxseed meal if you want to and then I cover it with coconut milk and then blend. Sometimes we leave the blueberries out.

  7. Sarah Ansel says:

    Take out the orange and add a handful of blueberries! Makes the Color prettier ;) and cuts the spinage taste! (Add protein powder to fill you up more too! )

  8. Yum! We make similar smoothies, adding plain yogurt and a little bit of coconut oil. The little bit of healthy fat and protein help ease the sugar-shock from the fruit! So delicious, and a great way to get kids used to the taste of greens!

  9. My current favorite is from the book, The Homeschool Experiment. 1 c. Kefir, 1/2 c milk, 3/4 c blueberries, 1/2 frozen banana, handful of spinach, 2 tsp. stevia (I sometimes uses honey). Blend it together and enjoy. I keep everything but the liquid stocked in the fridge. When bananas are a good price, I buy 2 or 3 extra bunches, slice them at home and freeze them on a waxed paper covered cookie sheet. When they are frozen, I place them in a ziploc bag. I buy a big bag of spinach and divide into ziploc bags and freeze those. LOVE IT!!

  10. Apple juice, frozen pineapple, frozen banana, kefir or non-fat plain yogurt – the Greek yogurt has a lot of protein and makes the smoothie thick without the protein powder – and a handful of spinach and/or a large leaf of kale without the stem. Still green, but it doesn’t taste like kale or spinach. :)

  11. Jennifer butler says:

    Im a little obsessed with Kimberly Snyder’s green glowing smoothie. It actually tastes a whole lot better than it looks. And there was a noticeable difference with my skin and energy level while I was drinking them http://kimberlysnyder.net/blog/ggs.

  12. I like the recipes from smoothie-handbook.com
    My all-time favorite smoothie is from there, The Tropical Kale green smoothie.
    It uses water, kale, banana, pineapple, & mango.
    I add chia seeds or coconut oil to increase health benefit.
    I buy/keep the mangoes, pineapple and kale in the freezer. Frozen bananas change the flavor too much for my liking. The fruit masks kale’s strong flavor, and even my kids love it!
    The Vita-Mix is the best kitchen appliance I have ever purchased, well worth it.

  13. We here in South Africa have a whole green smoothie club going :-)
    After weeks of experimenting, we found the combination that works best for us is 3 portions of fruit with 2 portions of vegetables. Spinach, cucumber, broccoli, baby marrows all works well with any combination of fruit. Then we also add some yoghurt and chia seeds, and mint and sometimes ginger or parsley.
    We have one EVERY DAY and it has just made such a difference in our general wellbeing and energy levels!
    So keep experimenting ladies. Also have a look at the “young and raw” Facebook page for some more ideas :-)

  14. Someone may have already mentioned this, but if you do not have a high powered blender, and don’t like green chunks, there is a great way to get the spinach, kale, broccoli, etc. all mixed up in any kind of blender. Put the greens in the blender first, with your liquid and blend it until it is smooth – no more chunks. Then add your fruit, seeds, fats, powders, etc. and blend again until you have the consistency you like. Now my kids know what is in their smoothies because there is less fruit and more veggies and the color doesn’t lie, but at first they had no idea because there were no funky, leafy chunks with this method!

  15. My favorite green smoothie is spinach (and I really pack it in there – 2-3 handfuls), a banana (plus any uneaten bits left by the kids), a green apple and a couple spoons of almond butter. No spinach taste at all and so decadent. It is good with pineapple and coconut water too. Enjoy!

  16. Thanks this is great, I think is very healthy.

  17. Wow!! yummy and healthy smoothie. very good recipe for kids.

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