I am on a health kick this week. Yesterday, carrot cake aka vegetables and today a green smoothie, but maybe it's all about Easter colors. Orange carrots yesterday and green spinach today.
For whatever reason, I must say that carrot cake makes carrots taste amazing, and green smoothies make spinach taste heavenly.
I call this Green Smoothie Magic b/c it is a magical drink. If I am not feeling so fabulous or sluggish or just not myself, I whip up a green smoothie and I'll feel better. It seems to have magical healing powers for me... or maybe it is a mindset.
However, I call this drink magic b/c my toddlers think Green Smoothies are dessert. I can get them to do absolutely anything for a green smoothie, and I feel great about giving it to them b/c it's full of spinach and fruit and loads of nutrients they need.
I have had friends struggle to get their kids to eat fruits and/or veggies. I'm super lucky b/c my kids think green smoothies are amazing and want to drink it. Therefore, I never worry about them getting the nutrients they need b/c they get so nutritious goodness in this one little drink.
Now, I know there are a million green smoothie recipes out there. However, I've had a plethora of people ask for my recipe when they hear I drink them all the time. To be honest, you have to find out what combination works for you. This recipe works for me. If you love bananas throw one in; you can even freeze your bananas and throw them in. If you want your smoothie thicker add more frozen fruit and lessen the juice/water. You just have to make the changes that fit your needs and tastes.
Active Time: 5 minutes
Inactive Time: 0 minutes
Servings: Makes about 2 1/2 cups. So, 1 hearty or 2-3 normal servings.
2 c. spinach, washed
1 c. frozen fruit
2/3 c. orange juice
1 c. water
- In a large cup or blender pack in 2 large handfuls of spinach. When I push the spinach down into the cup it usually is around 2 cups.
- Add the frozen fruit on top of the spinach in the cup. I like to use frozen fruit, but I have thrown in fruit from my fridge as well. Costco has large bags of frozen fruit for the best price I've seen.
- Add your water and orange juice and then blend to your desired consistency. I have used a blender as well as an immersion blender. The immersion blender is uber helpful for this size of batch, but if you need to double it for larger crowds a blender would work best.