Green Smoothies

Welcome to Day 2 of Green Smoothie Week! I feel so official.

Today I’m sharing my 3-year-old’s favorite green smoothie. He LOVES the strawberry banana combination and so do I. I like to slice bananas before I freeze them so the smoothie blends up nicely.

I keep a bag of frozen bananas along with bags of other organic frozen fruit in my freezer all the time. I even freeze kale or spinach sometimes when I know I’m not going to use it all up. Costco is the best place I’ve found to buy bulk frozen fruit. Plus, I love having frozen fruit (especially berries) around to make pies, put into baked goods, make toppings for waffles/pancakes etc. Whenever I make oatmeal, I throw a handful of frozen blueberries in the bowl. My son also likes eating frozen blueberries straight out of the freezer for a snack.

Frozen fruit is actually really nutritious. Because the fruit is allowed to ripen to maturity and frozen quickly after harvesting, it is chock full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Fruit begins to loose it’s nutritional value right after it’s picked, but freezing fruit right after harvesting helps lock in those nutrients. Long live frozen fruit! Literally.

 

 

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Green Smoothie Week: 

Day 1 – Mixed Berry Mango Kale Smoothie

Day 2 – Strawberry Banana Spinach Smoothie

Day 3 – Mango Avocado Smoothie

Day 4 – Super Green Back-On-Track Smoothie

Day 5 – Cherry Almond Spinach Smoothie

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Strawberry Banana Spinach Smoothie

Serving Size: 2-3

Ingredients

  • 6-7 large frozen strawberries (or 8-10 small ones)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 cups orange juice (or 1 cup orange juice + 1 cup water)
  • 1/2 cup something creamy (yogurt, kefir, coconut milk)
  • 1-2 cups spinach
  • Optional Mix-Ins:
  • Chia Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Protein Powder

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Notes

*For the kale, I don't pack the cups down. I usually add 1-2 loose handfuls.

*You may want to thin the smoothie with up to 1/2 cup juice/water to the consistency you like.

*I cut bananas into slices before freezing them so they get nice and smooth.

http://blog.meaningfuleats.com/green-smoothie-week-strawberry-banana-spinach-smoothie/

2 Responses

  1. So glad I found this post. Just started using smoothies. Was wondering how to use spinach and not get a green colored smoothie!

  2. Great share!!! The amount of potassium in bananas also makes it a good fruit that can help to decrease kidney stone. Strawberries promote good eyesight and decrease symptoms of arthritis. Thanks

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