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Delicious (No Really!) Green Smoothie Recipe

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Green Smoothie…..with spinach!

I seem to have one non-stop cold after another.  I swear I have been sick since October.  I am getting really, really, really tired of it to say the least!!!!!  Well, the New Year rolled around and everyone around me was making resolutions.  Many sounded like:

  • I’m giving up carbs!
  • I’m going Paleo….no grains, legumes or dairy for me!
  • I’m giving up sugar.
  • I’m giving up coffee.

Ugh….lots of “giving up” and things I knew I couldn’t commit to long term.  Then I read the lovely Jen’s (@littlemissmocha) article about gaining in the New Year.  Yep, she said that dirty word…..GAIN.  No she’s not signed up to gain 20 pounds but she’s looking at what she can add to her life….like healthy fruits & veggies.

Her thoughts really resonated with me.  I usually eat pretty healthy but I don’t always get all the fruits and veggies I need.  I decided to change that!

Enter the Green Smoothie!

Both Evan and I LOVE them and they have 5 servings (or more) of fruits and veggies!  What a great way to start your day.  If you eat more veggies later….GREAT!  If not,  you’re probably still okay.  Here’s the recipe I use & it is Evan approved!  He and I drink these every morning.

Green Smoothie (though it’s actually purple)

~3 cups organic baby spinach (fresh)
1 peeled frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 big dollop of 0%fat Greek yogurt (I would say approximately 1/2 cup)
~1 1/2 cup milk or juice (I prefer juice)

Put the ingredients in your blender in this order.  If you put the spinach last, it will fly all over the place and won’t get blended properly.  Blend on the highest setting for about 1 minute.

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Green Smoothie…though it’s actually purple

Recipe Notes:  It will turn a great purple color if you use juice (and a more grey/purple color with milk) and your kids will never know there is spinach in there (you can’t taste it at all).  In fact, Evan loves these smoothies & he knows there is spinach in them.  This recipe makes enough for me to have a water bottle full of smoothie & Evan to have a medium glass full.  You can also use frozen spinach.  I bought frozen spinach in the bag & it comes in little bricks.  Just throw them in the blender and blend like normal (you won’t need as much frozen spinach, though).

 

I soooo hope that this will help me get well & stay well.

 

What are you doing this January to get healthy?

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Shan @ the fairy blogmother

Sunday 22nd of January 2012

Oh I didn't realize you could use the frozen bricks of spinach. That's good info to have! I'm going to have to make these more often.

Merry

Sunday 22nd of January 2012

Yep....they are the small bricks of spinach that come in a bag, though, not the huge ones.

Lisa

Saturday 21st of January 2012

Replacing pop with Perrier and wine and other alcohol with water....hut overall snacking and sugar has to get better....moving more etc. I have a workout buddy now and signed up for a aqua fit class and also started volunteering at our YMCA too a few months before Xmas.

Merry

Sunday 22nd of January 2012

I'm with you on everything except replacing the wine. ;)

Lisa

Saturday 21st of January 2012

I do kale..but if. Don't have it in hand I like carrot juice, cranberries, strawberries which are frozen, and frozen blackberries if you have or blueberries, Greek yogurt, some flax ground, orange juice frozen concentrate...good. The other one that's refreshing is pineapple, pink grapefruit a whole one, strawberries frozen, Greek yogurt.. Refreshing.

Multi-Testing Mommy

Saturday 21st of January 2012

I'm trying to "get healthy" - in all sense of the word - that is my challenge this year. I LOVE the "gain" theory though!!!

We LOVE our green smoothies around here. Both of my kids love it and I've told them right from the start that there is spinach in them so they don't know any better to turn up their noses at it. You are so right that order matters when putting the ingredients in the blender too!

Have you tried Kale yet?! I've tried it once - not bad, not bad! Good to change it up a bit.

Melissa @FamilyFunCanada.com

Friday 20th of January 2012

I buy the frozen "fruit salad" mix at Costco or Superstore and add fresh spinach and water (especially if trying to avoid dairy). I also put in a couple packets of Stevia to sweeten it a little. My kids love it too!

Merry

Saturday 21st of January 2012

Using juice we don't have to add any sugar. I'm going to start replacing some of the juice with water though to cut down on sugar. I tried the fruit salad mix once but I can't stand grapes in smoothies. We love blueberries & they are SO healthy that I just can't switch.

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