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I have to admit, I was pretty late for the green smoothie party. Like sooo late. He was against them, for multiple reasons. First of all, mixed green vegetables? What do I drink? Disgusting, no thanks. Secondly, I remember reading that smoothies were one of those fake and healthy foods, you know, the ones that look healthy, but are actually hiding a million calories and raising blood sugar. So I steadfastly avoided them while everyone else around me mixed fruits and vegetables with wild abandon. Then, earlier this summer, my husband mentioned that he wanted to try to start drinking green smoothies.
He was skeptical, but then he came to Costco's house with a blender (PS: never let your husband go to Costco alone, you have no idea what he could go home with).
green tropical smoothie
Our first green shake experiment was an EPIC failure. Mainly because we had almost nothing in the fridge, except an apple, some yogurt, and a pretty rough kale. Needless to say, it didn't go well. But it was reversed, so I started to imagine flavor combinations that could make a good smoothie. I also wanted to be careful that the smoothie was nutritious and not full of sugar and calories. Being a green smoothie novice, I consulted ideas, the internet and my best friend. After some smoothies that were good, but not that good, we finally have some repeat customers in the rotation that we love, and we have a green smoothie almost every morning.
green tropical smoothie
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It's hard to pick a favorite, but if we had to, it would probably be the Tropical Green Smoothie. It has such a bright and refreshing taste, and a pleasant green hue.
For tropical flavors, start with a banana base: it adds sweetness and contributes to a smooth texture. Next up is pineapple and mango, frozen of course. I add fat-free Greek yogurt for a little protein and creaminess. In addition to fruits and yogurt, you need a little liquid. I have used coconut milk and even plain water, both work fine. But my favorite liquid here is coconut water. Add just the right amount of tropical flavors while still being light. Also, it is full of electrolytes. Complete with a nice cup of baby spinach. And it's true, you really can't taste spinach at all.
I think it is really important that your fruit is frozen to get the correct texture and temperature here. If you don't use frozen fruit, your smoothie will be hot and… just not as appetizing. I don't usually freeze my bananas, but the other fruit in the smoothie is always frozen. I also don't add any sweetener because I find that the fruit sweetens it a lot and there's no need. Make sure to mix long enough to get the smooth texture you want, for me it's usually one to two minutes.
Another thing we do is the mason jar trick that has been floating on the internet for some years. We have an inexpensive entry level (affiliate) blender, not one of the most sophisticated. It seems to me that it actually combines the ingredients much better in a mason jar than in the jar it comes with. With that said, if you try the mason jar trick, remember that you are essentially "hacking" into your blender, so you run the risk of it not working properly. I have had the blender absorb the rubber ring and destroy it while using it this way. The best way to avoid that is to make sure you don't overfill your mason jar (affiliate), and if you hear any strange sounds, stop mixing immediately and check that the rubber ring is in place and has not been sucked into from the bottle
Some notes on measurements: I generally use a jar on the scale and weigh things when I put them in the jar, and I don't mess up a bunch of measuring cups. Measurements are approximate and can be adjusted based on how they fit in your blender and to your liking. I measured them just so I could write an accurate recipe. I've included approximate grams in the measurements, but there's no need to feel like you need to be exact about it, I often just watch it.
green tropical smoothie
A healthy green smoothie that tastes great
Course: Drinks, Breakfast, Smoothie
Keyword: Healthy smoothie, Vegetarian recipes
Preparation time: 5 minutes.
Total time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving
- ½ banana about 50 grams
- 1/3 cup frozen pineapple, about 65 grams
- 1/3 cup frozen mango about 60 grams
- ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt, about 112 grams
- 3/4 cup coconut water
- 1 cup packaged baby spinach, about 30 grams
Measurements are approximate and can be adjusted based on how they fit in your blender and to your liking. I measured them just so I could write an accurate recipe. I've included approximate grams in the measurements, but there's no need to feel like you need to be exact about it, I often just watch it.
Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 41 g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 257mg | Potassium: 1148mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 3410 IU | Vitamin C: 64.2 mg | Calcium: 203mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Nutritional information is an estimate for your convenience. If you have strict nutritional needs, do your due diligence to make sure this recipe meets your needs.
Now that I'm a convert to green smoothies, I'm so addicted to them that I even drink them on the weekends, this comes from the person who is as much of a breakfast fanatic as Leslie Knope.
Are you a fan of green smoothies? What is your favorite way to do them?
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