Putting greens such as spinach in a blender with fruit may sound less than appealing but it’s pretty surprising how undetectable they are! It’s a great way to sneak in a healthy dose of vitamin A, C, K along with iron and other minerals. Green smoothies are perfect for breakfast, lunch or anytime for that matter. They are easily digested by the body as everything is broken down for quick absorption, and can be adapted to suit your taste. Any fruit or even more than one type of fruit can be used as well. Additions such as protein powders, nuts, seeds, and flax or coconut oil can be added to make the smoothie more substantial as a meal replacement.
- 1 banana (fresh or frozen)*
- 2-3 cups fresh baby spinach*
- 1/2-1 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
- 8 oz. filtered water or plant milk such as soy almond or coconut
Add everything to the blender for about 30 seconds and enjoy!
If you own a high-speed blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec it will be easier to blend everything all at once into creamy consistency especially with frozen fruits. Otherwise just add your ingredients gradually and pulse to combine.
*Frozen bananas are a delicious addition because they give the smoothie a milkshake-like consistency and are a great use for overripe bananas. Just peel them and cut them into chunks and toss into a container or freezer bag.
*Other greens can be used such as kale, swiss chard, collard greens and even romaine lettuce. If you’re new to making this recipe I’ve found spinach is the most mild and you won’t taste it when combined with the other ingredients