This smoothie is pretty much a salad in a smoothie. It is delicious! I often make it breakfast, along with a piece of high fiber toast. I love that I am getting all of the benefits of eating a big healthy salad, without having to eat another plate of big healthy salad! Slurping my fruits and vegetables through a straw can be much more fun than all that chewing.
I use 2 whole cups of baby spinach which is so mild tasting that it disappears once you add the fruit. I add a bit of flax oil, it is the “dressing” of the salad. I add it to help get my omega’s in for the day. On a simple day, I use only banana and then add a cup of ice at the end. Today was more special, I happened to have frozen mango chunks and frozen pineapple tidbits (both in the freezer section at Trader Joes), so I added those. My girls argued over “who got more” of this smoothie today. Never seen kids argue over a salad before, have you?
*Put the ingredients into the blender in the order that I list them. They blend much more smoothly if you do.
Tropical Green Smoothie
1 Tbls flax oil (optional)
2 cups baby spinach
1 banana (can be frozen or not)
1 1/4 cups milk (I use almond or coconut. Can use dairy)
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
(if not using the additional frozen fruit, add a cup of ice)
Sweetener of choice, if needed (stevia, honey, agave, or sugar)–usually not needed
Add the oil, spinach, banana, and milk to the blender. Blend until
spinach disappears into tiny green flecks. Add the frozen fruit or ice. Blend until smooth.
This recipe makes 26 ounces.
**can add a scoop of protein powder and a touch more milk if you desire. I use a vegan pea protein powder, Plant Fusion Vanilla Protein Powder which I love. I buy the vanilla flavor.
**you can pour these into popsicle molds and let the kids have green popsicles for breakfast!
AJJanuary 5, 2012 at 12:56 am
I just found your blog via a FB link- I have started drinking something similar once I started chemo a few months ago as well- I now take fresh pineapple, bananas, and other fruits and freeze them after they’ve ripened for my morning smoothie- my kids love them also!
Joseph CarrDecember 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm
It looks healthy, especially since the ingredient is baby spinach. Who’d be the next Popeye? Ak-ak-ak-ak Hahahaaha! And of course, I love the pineapples. I’ll ask my mom to make me this when I get home. 🙂
BethSeptember 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm
I’m a huge fan of spinach in my smoothies. Actually, I have discovered I pretty much prefer mainly vegetable smoothies with just a little bit of fruit. I like broccoli a lot. That’s great your kids are fighting over it, too! Yea, mom.
Elaine @ Sunny Simple LifeSeptember 23, 2011 at 3:24 am
I will try this for sure and frozen chopped coconut how exciting. I am headed to TJ’s.
Kristina LarsonSeptember 22, 2011 at 11:32 pm
Love this idea! It’s amazing how a few handfuls of spinach added to a fruit smoothie are pretty much undetectable. What a fun way to sneak more nutrients into the day!
Aiming4SimpleSeptember 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm
This sounds absolutely wonderful. It has my favorite fruit salad ingredients. Can’t wait to make the smoothie!