Hello, friends! I'd like to introduce you to my favorite smoothie. And, do me a favor, ok? Don't be all, "Eeew, that's green." Because it doesn't taste green! Scout's honor. It tastes delicious, and it makes you strong like The Hulk (or that's what I tried to tell Kelly, but he still won't drink it. Because it's green.)
Dan and I have this smoothie and a few hardboiled eggs for breakfast almost every morning. It's a great way to sneak in a few servings of vegetables (and, when I lived by myself, I used to have it for dinner, too. It's versatile like that.) So, the benefit to using spinach is that you get the benefits of drinking greens without affecting the taste of your smoothie. Kale has a taste. Other greens have tastes. Spinach doesn't (or at least not enough of a taste that you'll notice it with all the fruit you're throwing in). It just makes people on your morning elevator ride say, "That looks...healthy." There's an avocado in here, too--that makes the smoothie taste rich and creamy. If this smoothie is too adventurous for you, try throwing an avocado in the next time you make a regular fruit smoothie for yourself or for your kids. It will taste like you put in ice cream instead of vegetables (and, it won't turn the smoothie green). And then you'll realize I was right about the avocado, and then maybe you'll try the green smoothie. Without further ado, here's the "recipe" for this lovely drink:
The Best Morning Smoothie There Ever Was
(Makes two large smoothies--Dan and I split it, but you can also refrigerate leftovers)
-About three big handfuls of spinach (I use a whole bag if you buy the little salad bags, or about half of a bigger cube/plastic box. About four cups.)
-1 to 2 cups of frozen mango (honestly, I just dump it in. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Go with more if you're worried it won't be fruity enough. Or look at my blender in the picture above and make your blender look like that.)
-1 to 2 cups of orange juice (more will be sweeter, whatever you're feeling. Fun fact, the Vitamin C from the orange juice helps your body absorb the iron from the spinach!)
-Water (enough to cover the spinach--add more if it's not blending nicely).
I throw the ingredients into my Vitamix in that order--squish the spinach down first, then throw the other ingredients on top. We were gifted a Vitamix from our wedding registry and I LOVE it (highly recommend if you're in the market--they're made in the US and work like a dream) but I used to make this smoothie in a regular old $20 blender and it worked great. You just want to let your blender run until it's all a uniform color, so you don't have spinach bits that are going to get stuck in your teeth. If the blending is not going well, you don't have enough liquid. Throw some more water in there.