A common misconception about green smoothies is that they have to taste awful in order to be healthy. Well that’s just flat out wrong! Though I do agree that some green juices and smoothies have a much more bitter taste (thank you kale and arugula), this smoothie is the perfect transition. I recommend using baby spinach as your choice of greens, especially if you aren’t used to the taste of kale. Plus, I personally think spinach blends better (AND looks prettier).
This Amazing Green Smoothie is pleasantly sweet, thanks to the natural sugars found in banana, pineapple, and mango. These fruits also give it a slightly tropical flavor (which makes it the perfect breakfast in the summertime).
For this smoothie, you will need:
- 2 cups of baby spinach
- 1 frozen banana, cut into slices
- 1/2 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup mango (fresh or frozen)
- 1-2 cups almond milk (NOTE – more milk will be needed if using all frozen fruit, otherwise the smoothie will be too thick)
Now, it does matter what order you add your ingredients in. I like to blend up my greens first with the first cup of almond milk, blending on high power until it creates a smooth green juice. Then, I add the rest of my fruit and blend on high power until smooth. Sometimes a little extra milk is necessary to get the desired thickness.
I prefer to use frozen fruit because it’s cheaper, and it lasts longer in the freezer (so I don’t have to worry about it rotting). Because of that, I either move my pineapple and mango to the fridge to thaw overnight, or I just have to add a lot more milk. But the beauty of smoothies is that you can craft them however you like!
If you have any tips about green smoothies, or smoothie making in general, feel free to leave a comment!