Green Smoothie

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I am sure a lot of us are wearing some green today or perhaps there were some green eggs and ham on your breakfast plate or green beer in your future.  Another way to get some green in is with this spectacular green smoothie!  (Today’s challenge: how many times can the word “green” appear in this post.)  The beautiful hue comes courtesy of spinach, but the flavor is cleverly disguised by the sweetness of the fruit.  The concept of a green smoothie has limitless interpretations; mine is usually dictated by the selection of greens (spinach, kale, cilantro, etc), fruits (banana, peaches, mango, coconut, strawberries, lemon, blueberries, etc) and nuts/seeds (peanut butter, almonds, chia seeds, etc) found in my kitchen that day.  I have discovered this is a superb way to help my family achieve our daily fruit and veggie intake. The addition of cocoa powder makes these smoothies a lovely dessert.  But I digress, back to the green…

Green SmoothieIngredients (I usually just eyeball the amounts so these are approximates; feel free to experiment)

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk, coconut water, or water
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup peaches, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup mango, fresh or frozen

Directions

  1. Blend coconut milk or coconut water with spinach and shredded coconut until well blended
  2. Add the banana, peaches, and mango; blend until smooth.  If using fresh fruit, adding a couple of ice cubes will help make the smoothie refreshingly cold and a little frothier. Add more water if smoothie seems a little too thick.
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