Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Berry-Spinach Smoothie

Berry Spinach Smoothie

First thing's first. I promise this does not taste like a green smoothie. I have never been so excited about a green smoothie in all my life. I think the trick is adding the vanilla extract and pairing the spinach with oranges. It goes together so well. I drink this smoothie for lunch sometimes because it is basically a salad in a blender and perfectly filling because it makes enough to fill a big, tall glass. I don't know of a better way to get myself to eat 4 cups of spinach in one sitting. Perfect, I tell you, perfect!

Berry Spinach Smoothie

I like to make this with frozen banana because it makes the whole thing have a very creamy texture, but sometimes, unless you have a powerful blender like the vita-mix it is hard to blend up a lot of frozen fruit and so fresh bananas work just as well. Using frozen berries as well as a frozen banana I always have to add some water to the mix to get it to blend well, so do the same if need be.

Berry-Spinach Smoothie

makes 1 large serving

4 cups baby spinach leaves, loosely packed
2 cups frozen mixed berries or just blueberries works fine
1 banana
1 orange
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (you can add 2 teaspoons if you really love it)
a little water to help with blending, if necessary

Blend everything into submission, drink, and surprise yourself with how good it is.

I have no idea where this recipe came from. My friend sent it to me in a email a while ago and I know it originated on someones site but I apologize for not giving proper recognition. If you read this and say "Hey! That's my recipe!" write me and give me your blog address and I will link you up. Have a great rest of the week everybody!

13 comments:

  1. o my gosh, this looks amazing and I am going to make this!! thanks for the recipe girlie :)

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  2. I'm So making this!! Maybe right now!! I don't have an orange but everything else!

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  3. Totally making this! This looks yummy..never thought about adding the oranges! can't wait :)

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  4. yikes! I am going to make this for lunch!!! I took frozen bananas (cut up) blended them. Added peanut butter and honey....drizzled with a little chocolate and it makes ice cream!!! SOOO good!!!

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  5. I haven't made a "green monster" in a long time. I don't know that I've ever made one with quite so much spinach. That would be so brave of me! I'm going to try it with orange and vanilla. It looks delicious!

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  6. mmmh, I need to make this. Cooper loves smoothies and will drink anything I put in...as long as the final color isn't green! This looks perfect!

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  7. ummm. can we say "bookmarked"? :) Thanks

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  8. For reals....we have had that spinach berry smoothie every day since you shared. It is fab and my kids suck it down. We have used four bags of spinach in as many days. FAB!

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  9. THIS WAS AMAZING!! :D You can't even taste the spinach and it's not even green! Finally something that tastes good, looks good and is good for you :D

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  10. Great recipe! With some whey protein and some spirulina it makes the perfect post-workout food.
    Peace
    Mike

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  11. Just dropping a comment here to say that I stumbled across this post when I was looking for green smoothie ideas and I have loved this combo. I recommended it to a few people at my work and they have enjoyed both the flavour and feeling much more healthful when they began consuming it regularly (every few days).

    I actually drink it as a supplement to my diet, rather than a meal itself.
    Also, you can use a full 250grams of frozen spinach with no detriment to flavour. WAY more spinach than you mention here, which can only be a good thing! Makes about 1 litre that way. :)

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  12. Looking forward to trying the new recipe :)

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  13. I know this post is a bit old, but I wanted to say that I found this through Pinterest and that it's absolutely amazing! It tastes great and it's great for me, and that's always a wonderful thing!

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