it’s-so-easy-being-green smoothie

green in all its gloryKermit was wrong!  It IS easy being green!

We first tried this lovely concoction at a friend’s house. Our kids, seeing their friends slurping this green concoction down greedily, gave it a try and have never looked back. This is still one of their favorites.

It’s super sweet, and the spinach is so mild you can’t taste the “green” at all, which makes this a wonderful introduction to green smoothies! I love the color of this breakfast beverage, it’s so in your face GREEN. We put berries in most of our smoothies, which, in the presence of greens, turn the smoothie something along the spectrum from mauve to brown, depending on the ratio of red to green I suppose. So I really love it when our “green smoothie” is actually green!

smoothie ingredientsit’s-so-easy-being-green smoothie

  • 1 pineapple
  • 1 banana
  • couple handfuls of spinach
  • Tbs flax seeds, ground

Chop pineapple, break up banana, top with greens and seeds. Blend. Share with others!

I add a variety of things to our smoothies to boost the nutrition. Sometimes it’s herbal infusions, sometimes flax, chia or hemp seeds, sometimes bee pollen or spirulina, it all depends on what I have on hand and what I’m in the mood for. My kids don’t care for much pollen or spirulina, so when using those I will pour off their smoothies and blend mine a bit more to disperse the add-in of the day.  I do this with the greens too sometimes, especially if I’m using green curly kale. Those leaves have a stronger flavor than baby spinach, so I’ll just include one or two for their smoothie and return the carafe to the blender base and toss in more leaves for my smoothie.

green smoothie in the blenderLucia prefers to just eat her pineapple and spinach from separate bowls, so about 1/3 of the pineapple ends up in a dish for her. Sometimes she wraps the spinach around the pineapple slices, sometimes she just nibbles them separately.This smoothie can also make a great fruit dip or raw fondue if you want to get fancy. Just cut up your favorite fruits into bite-size cubes, and serve with toothpicks and a bowl of lovely green fruit dip. Or go the extra mile and wrap your small pieces of fruit in a collard or lettuce leaf, roll and dip into this as you would a spring roll. Yummers!

I’ve also noticed that you can add the pineapple core to the Vita-Mix, but I’m not sure I would try this with a regular blender. I think my old Oster would be up to the task, but I don’t know for sure. Maybe we’ll have to have a blender showdown!  Any excuse for a party!

Have you ever tried a green green smoothie? Were you surprised by the taste? What was in it? Do you still make a green-colored green smoothie with no red or blue ingredients to mess with the gorgeous green? What’s your favorite? Now that our Smoothie Extravaganza is coming to a close, let us know if you tried any, what modifications you made and how you liked it! Not that we won’t post any more smoothies, but as we’re doing snacks and dehydration in class this week, well, I guess that makes this the week of the Snack Attack!

Comments

  1. says

    Brightly colored smoothies are so much more pleasing to the eye. That’s how to get your kids to drink them. They love that green color.

    As a child, I was a huge Kermit fan. I have the cutest picture of my dad operating the Kermit puppet I got for my second Christmas. I am looking back with him in awe.

  2. says

    I think spinach-pineapple-banana was the first green smoothie I ever had, and it remains one of my very faves to this day. I always keep ripe frozen bananas on hand in the freezer for smoothie making. I’m also fond of adding pure coconut water (ZICO) to the batch.

  3. Sioux says

    @ shannonmarie — I too was a huge Kermit and Muppet Show fan. Alas, my kids don’t seem to share that sensibility… they do like this song though.

    @ kate — go for it! It’s soo delish!

    @ earth mother — I am thinking of buying bananas in bulk so I can freeze large batches. Ours always seem to get eaten by my little monkeys. ;-) And I love the Zico water, I stock up when it’s on sale and work my way through the cases with each smoothie I make.