You may have seen these pictures on my Instagram feed this morning. Although it’s not Wednesday, and I’ve also done a horrible job keeping up with my What’s Cookin’ Wednesday linky, I’m sharing a recipe anyway.
Green smoothies are all the rage lately it seems. Although I think I do a pretty good job of getting in my fruits & veggies (there really isn’t anything I wont eat minus most peas) I wanted to try one of these suckers out.
And…like everyone says, it tastes just like a regular smoothie! Other than the color & the feeling of having a little something stuck in your teeth (I kept having to swipe my teeth with my tongue & although there was nothing visible when I looked in the mirror, I still brushed again once I was finished) you would never guess spinach was a key ingredient in this smoothie.
A few of my friends have been making these smoothies lately and I know they add flax seed & other nutritional ingredients such as those, but I stuck with just the fruits and veggies this time. When I was searching Pinterest last night though I saw a smoothie that included oats and I thought that might be tasty and very filling as well.
Ingredients: 1 half of a banana (sliced), 1 half of a mango, 2-3 strawberries (sliced), 2 handfuls fresh baby spinach, 1/2 cup water (more or less to your liking), 5-6 ice cubes (if needed)
Directions: The night before, prepare the fruit and place it in a zip lock baggie. Place the baggie in the freezer over night. The next morning, add two handfuls of spinach to the your blender (I read somewhere that adding the spinach first helps it to blend better). Run the baggie of fruit under warm water to thaw and then add the your blender as well. Pour in the water and blend away. Once smooth, mine was a little too watery for my liking, so that’s when I added the ice cubes and it thickened right up.
What a great recipe to add to the Summer Fun Party going on right now! I plan to try out more, switching up fruit and maybe finding some other things to add. Someone on Instagram mentioned “mean green” so I’ll have to look that one up!