I hesitate to post a green smoothie recipe. I mean, really, does the Internet need another green smoothie recipe?
Then I remember. Not every one of my readers is at the same place on their journey. Many of you are just starting out with healthier eating. Maybe you’re testing the waters. Maybe you are just trying to get your family to eat more vegetables and fruit.
This recipe is for you. If you’ve never had a green smoothie or doubt if your kids would ever drink one, this one’s for you.
For those of you who are already green smoothie veterans, I have a little tid bit that may help you, as well. I recently discovered how much easier life can be with make-ahead smoothies. I simply gather and chop up all the ingredients I want to use, except the liquid, and put them in a freezable container. I use large, wide-mouth mason jars, but you could also use ziploc freezer bags as well.
Smoothies aren’t exactly a time-consuming breakfast, but just having the ingredients ready to dump in the blender is so nice. It’s amazing what having that extra ten minutes can do for your morning.
I just run some hot water over my mason jar for about 30 seconds, and then the ingredients pop right out. I empty the frozen ingredients into the blender and add whatever liquid I want to use and blend it up. Because all of my fruits and vegetables are frozen, there’s no need to add any ice. The smoothie turns out perfectly thick and cold.
To create your own make-ahead smoothies, simply double, triple, or quadruple your favorite smoothie recipe and freeze all of the ingredients except the liquid. Watch as your mornings get easier and less hectic.
This tropical green smoothie is a great way to get started with make-ahead smoothies. Like I mentioned earlier, this is a perfect starter green smoothie. The tropical fruits are so sweet they overpower the greens–you hardly notice they’re there. Promise.
Tropical Green Power Smoothie
A kid-friendly, healthy smoothie that helps you get a serving of greens on the sly. You can use fresh or frozen fruit in this tropical green power smoothie. If you use all fresh fruit, add some ice cubes to ensure the smoothie is cold.
Makes one large or two small smoothies
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup water
1 cup baby greens (in the pictured smoothies I used a blend of baby spinach, baby chard, and baby kale, but have used all spinach many times)
1 cup cubed pineapple
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup cubed mango
Put all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!