Tropical Green Goodness: My Favorite Daily Smoothie

Time to pass along what has become a serious staple in my kitchen. This thing is packed with loads of vitamins, completely whole-food vegan, and will really charge you up for hours. I make an entire blender full of this as soon as I wake up every morning, and send my husband out the door with a big to-go cup of it to chug as he heads to the hospital. Never in my life would I have thought I’d consume 2 cups of spinach before sunrise each day, but this smoothie has made it easy! My kids also gobble this up and beg for more. I usually make it for them to have with lunch.

I use a Blendtec brand blender, which I invested in last year. It’s got a big price tag, but has more than paid for itself. I like that it keeps count of how many times I’ve used it, which make me feel better about what I spent on it. If you have a cheaper blender, I’d recommend letting all the frozen fruit defrost in the fridge overnight, then it should be smooth sailing, just not quite as chilled.

This version makes two big 20 ounce smoothies, but you can adjust as needed, obviously.

Pour 3/4 cup of almond milk into your blender. You might want to add more later, so don’t put it back in the fridge. Now, loosely fill it with spinach. Really fill it up, all the way to the top of the measuring lines. Don’t pack it, now. Remember I said loosly fill. OK, peel a ripe banana and throw it in. On top place 1 cup of cubed frozen mango, and then the pinnaple. Cover and blend till smooth. (I push the “smoothie” button on my Blentec). If you need, add more almond milk to get the texture you prefer. Now pour and enjoy.

I order big smoothie straws on Amazon, since I’ve only found them locally in Walmart once and they were such a hit at our house, and washable. They made it much easier for kids to drink without a big mess.  My 20-month-old’s iron got a boost after I started giving him these daily, whereas he’d been slightly iron-deficient before.

Tropical Green Goodness:

3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

4-5 cups washed fresh baby spinach (organic preferred if possible, if not just wash well)

1 medium to large ripe banana

1 cup cubed frozen mango

½ cup cubed frozen pineapple

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  • Ruth@LivingWellSpendingLess May 3, 2013, 9:22 AM

    I love the tropical pineapple touch! Thanks for linking up this week Sarah! Looks yummy!

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  • Ells March 7, 2014, 11:53 PM

    YUM! I make this in the Vitamix frequently (and my husband likes a tall glass before work too). Sometimes I throw in an orange, and I’ve started leaving out the pineapple and adding a zucchini. Love how flexible it is… once you figure out what will turn it all brown or make it taste weird, like carrots!

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