Wednesday, October 26, 2011

1st "Green" Smoothie

Not only did I have my first "green" smoothie yesterday, but I actually made it myself. I really liked it. My kids really liked it. And they asked for it again today!
What is a green smoothie, you ask? It's where you put leafy green veggies in with a fruit smoothie. In our case, it was spinach. It's a yummy way to add a little extra veggie serving to your day. There's enough natural sweetness to the fruit and juice to mask any spinach taste. Ours didn't turn out green though because I used a purple juice, so it was a nice purpley-pink color. None of the kids even knew there was spinach (or carrots) in it until they saw me making it today. They actually thought it was funny that there was "salad" in it! Yea!
So if you or your kids need a boost of fruits & veggies here is my recipe. And by recipe I mean an approximation of what I tossed into the blender without really measuring.

Green Smoothie 
Makes approx. 6 - 6oz. servings
2 handfuls fresh spinach
6-8 baby carrots
12-16 oz. plain non-fat yogurt
1 banana
1 lb. frozen fruit
(I used a tropical blend that contained mango, pineapple, strawberries & others 
because that's what was the cheapest at my store this week.) 
1/2 c. juice (I used the knock-off version of V-8 Fusion pomegranate & blueberry)
Water - enough to thin to desired consistency

Blend it all up! You'll probably need to stop & push everything down several times to get it well mixed. If your blender won't break up the carrots or frozen fruit, try putting those through a food processor first. If you try this, let me know how you like it. Or if you have your own green or power smoothies that your family enjoys let me know!

1 comment:

  1. Yummm..... I know what those taste like :) Someday's they're better than others, depending on how healthy my mom wants us to be... or, something like that. :)



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