I really like smoothies. A lot. I have been making the same basic orange juice and frozen fruit smoothie for years. Many different recipes for fruit and spinach smoothies have been circling the web lately. They all claim you can’t taste the spinach.
I like fruit, but veggies are hard for me to swallow, unless they are covered in some sort of nut butter or dressing. I was intrigued by the possibility of sneaking vegetables into my smoothies without noticing. (I know I’m like a 5 year old.) All the recipes I found called for some sort of yogurt, but since my breastfeeding son’s tummy won’t tolerate dairy, I had to wing it and make up my own recipe.
I started with orange juice. Aldi had oranges on sale for .99 and I couldn’t resist. I can never resit. I bought a bag and made my own orange juice. It ends up costing the same as most store brand orange juices, but it’s fresh and has a lot less sugar. And I think it’s fun.
I added 2 cups orange juice into my blender. I threw in a ripe banana, a kiwi, 1 cup frozen blueberries and some frozen strawberries. At this point I didn’t have any room for spinach, I had to blend it a little first.
I blended it up and after tasting it, decided it could use some more spinach. I wanted to cram as much spinach in as possible without tasting it. And my spinach was on it’s last leg and probably wouldn’t make it to the next day. So I added a bunch more. I blended it again, tasted it, and what do you know, it’s really good! The spinach is slightly noticeable, but still nice and fruity. And there are some crazy nutrients in there.
My blender filled 3 pint size mason jars, giving me a few days worth of smoothie. I added a tablespoon of chia seeds to each jar for a little extra punch of protein, fiber, omega 3’s and antioxidants.
The color is not quite as pretty as a simple fruit smoothie, but it’s so good for you, it doesn’t even matter.