Green Smoothie

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Photography Credit: Steve-Anna Stephens

Now here’s a way to kick off the New Year. My friend Steve-Anna shares with us her favorite green smoothie. Enjoy! ~Elise

Do you ever find it challenging to eat all of your recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables each day? Sometimes I do. And, I admit it. I’m a little late to the game on this one.

For years I’ve been hearing people talk about adding greens like kale or spinach to their morning smoothies, saying, “You don’t even know it’s in there.” Well, I didn’t buy it. Until, I tried it. Now, greens are a regular feature in my morning smoothies.

Adding plain Greek yogurt along with the fruits and spinach increases the protein content, making this smoothie an easy and fulfilling meal. You can sneak all kinds of other good things in, too.

I like to add a teaspoon of coconut oil, enhancing both the flavor and the health benefits of the drink. Many parents find green smoothies are an enticing way to get their young ones to eat an extra serving of greens.

Do you slip greens into your smoothies? If so, please tell us about it in the comments.

Green Smoothie Recipe

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  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 2 servings

If you want to add coconut oil, be sure it’s slightly melted when you add it so it emulsifies and blends well into the smoothie. Otherwise, it might be lumpy, especially if you are using frozen pineapple or if you add ice cubes.

If you use canned pineapple, you can add the juice, too, for a sweeter tasting smoothie.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1 cup of fresh, canned, or frozen pineapple
  • 3 large handfuls of fresh spinach (washed)
  • 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • 6 oz. water
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional)

Method

Put all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

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Steve-Anna Stephens

Management consulting might be her day job, but Steve-Anna Stephens moonlights as an authentic Southern hostess and cook. Having spent the majority of her life in Alabama, Steve-Anna's wanderlust has carried her to Boston, Tucson, Southern California, and back to Tucson again.

More from Steve-Anna

Links:

Green Mango Smoothie from Happy Hearted Kitchen

Coconut Green Smoothie from Two Peas and Their Pod

 

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  • Louise

    I make a similar smoothie with green apple, banana, pineapple, frozen strawberries and peaches, kale and/or spinach and orange juice. The vitamin C in the orange juice helps absorb the iron in the kale and spinach, which is good if you’re iron deficient like me.

  • madison

    This smoothie is fantastic! Today is my first day of the green smoothie challenge, and I have to admit I was a bit skeptical about using spinach in a smoothie. You can’t taste it at all!

  • Lisa Trovato

    Does anyone know how many calories are in the green smoothie with banana?

  • Melanie Harrison

    I replace the yogurt with cranberry juice, orange juice and pineapple juice. I also trough in a B12 pill in there. It is delicious and gives me energy during the day. I will have to add coconut oil tomorrow.

  • lindsey

    kale, spinach and carrots all go great (tasteless) in my smoothies, plus I like to add a tablespoon of chia seeds, another super food. Instead of coconut oil and yogurt, I use 1 C coconut milk.

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