Wannabe Green Smoothie


Let’s head back to elementary school shall we?

Red + Green = …..gross brown

I have been terrified of the infamous “Green Monster” (i.e. a green colored smoothie made with spinach) for over a year. Spinach DOES NOT belong in smoothies! I read many a blog claiming you couldn’t taste the spinach. That instead of adding flavor, it just added a vibrant green color and lots of good vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein to your smoothie.

Of course I didn’t believe it. How would you not taste the spinach? Popeye didn’t look to thrilled when he had to gulp down that can of spinach and I sure as heck am not going to be the one choking it back through a straw.

But then I got on the scale the other day, and all of the baking I am doing for a big project has caught up with me. I can’t stop the baking (due dates suck), but I can make sure what I am eating the rest of the day is ass friendly. So I decided to bite the bullet and try these scary spinach smoothies.

Ummm…so you totally can’t taste the spinach. Seriously. I couldn’t freakin’ believe it!

While many people can make gorgeously green vibrant smoothies (see here or here), apparently I can’t. I now realize why all the “Green” smoothies are made with white or yellow fruits like bananas, pineapple, green grapes and some citruses. Because RED and GREEN make BROWN. I added raspberries, strawberries and 3 oz of baby spinach to my smoothie this morning.ย Instead of green, I got brown sludge…but at least they weren’t lying, I really couldn’t taste the spinach!

:::raises right hand:::

I solemnly swear to always add a few big handfuls of spinach to my smoothies, even if it makes them ugly, from this point on. Pinky swear.ย 

 

Wannabe Green Smoothie

Recipe Note: Feel free to switch up what fruit is frozen and what fruit is fresh. But make sure to keep some of the fruit frozen to ensure that icy smoothie texture!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup fat free plain greek yogurt
1 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1 (fresh or frozen) banana
4 large fresh strawberries
3 oz (appx 2 large handfuls) fresh baby spinach

Directions:

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a giant glass and serve immediately.

For entire smoothie: Calories: 267. Fat 1.8. Carb 52.6. Fiber 10.3. Sugar 29. Protein 17.1.
Nutritional information calculated using SparkRecipes.com.