Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Almost Green Smoothie


Don't tell my children, but...there's spinach in this smoothie. Shhhhhh....our little secret ;)  They can't taste it, so I'm not telling.  The strawberries add just enough color to this smoothie that it isn't green.  If you add blueberries they add enough color that you can't really see the spinach at all ;)

To be honest I was not a believer until I tried it myself, but I swear on a stack of bibles that I cannot taste spinach in a smoothie.  Which is great because there's no way I'd be getting enough leafy greens in my diet without "hiding" some in my smoothie.  And yes...I have a smoothie EVERY morning.  I drink it while I chase my kiddos around trying to get them ready for the day, and many mornings I finish it in the car after the school drop off as I drive to the gym.  I don't make it the same every single day, but here's one variation....













Ingredients:

5 frozen mango chunks (about 1/4 cup)
3 frozen strawberries
1 Handful of spinach
5 Slices of frozen peach
1/4 of a ripe banana
Juice of one orange (or a few ounces of store bought OJ)
6-8 Oz. of milk













Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
 


Notes:
-You can use any kind of milk or juice.  I've even used tea before.  The main thing is having enough liquid for your blender to be able to blend all of the frozen fruit.
-Speaking of frozen fruit...you don't have to use all frozen fruit, but at least one of the ingredients needs to be frozen to get the right texture.  I like my smoothies to be really thick, so I use mostly frozen fruit.
- If you can find milkshake straws they are great for smoothies!

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