i make smoothies at least 3 times a week. i love them, my kids love them, and they are a quick and easy way to fill up our tummies with yummies.
i change my recipe a lot, partly because i get bored, and partly because of what’s in my freezer.
ok, so don’t freak out about the spinach. i promise you can’t taste it. its actually pretty tasteless when its fresh. i buy a big (gigantic) bag of spinach from costco and even though i can never use it all before it goes bad, it only costs a few dollars.
i put in a couple huge handfuls and squish it all the way down to the bottom with my fist. tell that spinach who’s boss.
next i add a bit of flax seed meal (make sure its milled, not the whole seeds, since they just pass right through your system).
i don’t measure how much i put in, just eyeball it – maybe 1/8-1/4 cup? and flax meal is pretty flavorless, too, but like the spinach, its super healthy for you.
i always always always add bananas. they add a creamy texture. if i have a few bananas that are too ripe to eat, i’ll peel and toss them into a baggy in the freezer and use them later. i prefer to use the frozen ones, but fresh are totally fine, too. one banana is fine, but 2 is better.
i always have a big ol’ bag of frozen fruit from costco in my freezer. always strawberries and usually something else – a mix of berries or pineapple/mango/papaya mix. this week all i had was strawberries, so that’s what i used! if the greenish color freaks you out, add berries – they are full of color.
i used to add plain yogurt but some in our family react a little funny to dairy, so we’ve been skipping it for awhile.
last i add the only unhealthy ingredient: apple juice. orange juice is a little too strong for me in smoothies.
then i blend it up. if you don’t put the spinach in the bottom, it doesn’t blend well and then you have pieces of spinach floating around. not good.
put it in a cup, add a straw and make happy healthy kids!