Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Green Monster Smoothie
What the heck is a Green Monster smoothie? It's simply a smoothie made with spinach and fruit. This super healthy drink has been all over the food blogosphere and I finally gave it a try last week. I'm sorry I waited so long. Not only is it good for you but it is also super yummy!
The spinach adds a ton of nutrients (great if your kids don't like eating veggies) and gives it it's bright green color. The spinach flavor is so mild that you can barely taste it and doesn't really compete with the fruit. For the fruit, use any you like that is light in color. We love bananas, mango, peaches and pineapples. If you use a dark colored fruit like strawberries, your smoothie will still taste great but it will be a "brown monster" instead of a "green monster".
Since it is almost Halloween, here is a fun way you could serve these to the kids. Give them a permanent marker and a clear, disposable cup. Then have them draw a monster face on the cup.
I did this with the kids and a playmate this week. While they were busy drawing on their cups, I whipped up the smoothies and snuck in the spinach (hee, hee)...they loved these and had no idea they were drinking spinach!!
Handful of baby spinach
1 frozen banana, peeled
3/4 cup frozen fruit (pineapple, mango or peach)
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tsp sugar or honey (optional)
Add all of the ingredients into a blender. Blend until everything is well combined and you reach desired consistence. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Source: Inspired by OhSheGlows