Easy Green Smoothie Recipe
Emma was a horrible eater right out of the gate. She's just never been interested in eating. She'd rather be doing just about anything else. Around 18 months, we discovered that she was crazy about strawberry milkshakes, so we started making daily smoothies– which she also loved (much to our relief). And even though she's a little better about eating meals these days (a very little better), she still likes to have a couple of smoothies every day.
And considering all the good stuff I can put in a smoothie, I feel pretty okay with that! She may only have a hot dog and a half cup of ketchup on her lunch plate, but at least I know she'll slurp down a banana, strawberries, peaches, pineapple, mangoes, spinach, and yogurt in the same sitting.
It makes her mass ketchup consumption a little less horrific.
I know that smoothies, in general, aren't very hard to make. But I decided to title this “Easy” Green Smoothie,” because I think it's a little bit easier to throw together than some of the other smoothies I've tried.
I love using that Great Value bag of frozen fruit. It's seriously the best tasting frozen fruit (and the best deal, from what I've found). I love that I don't have to cut up the fruit myself (I know, color me lazy). And I love that I don't have to worry about fruit getting soft or going bad if we do end up skipping a day or two of smoothies.
I do like to use fresh bananas for the consistency they add, but if you buy those a little bit green, they'll last for a while. And you can add them to this smoothie at any point in their ripe-ness and it still tastes great.
I like using the Light & Fit Yogurt Cups (with no Aspartame), mostly for the grown-ups in the house, but you could use any type of yogurt you like. We've also used different flavors! But I always come back to vanilla 🙂
And you can't even taste the spinach that goes in! You can seriously add tons and tons without affecting the taste at all. The only taste that comes through is delicious tropical fruit flavors, strawberry, banana, and vanilla!
You know what else makes this smoothie SUPER easy? My single serve blending cup that came in this Mega Ninja Kitchen System. I. love. it.
I mean, I love the whole kitchen system. The 1500 watts, huge blending pitcher, and the food processor that includes a dough paddle. But, oh man. I really love those single serve blending cups. With all the smoothies we go through, it's seriously makes life so much easier!
If you don't have a Ninja, you can still blend up a single serve smoothie using a mason jar and a standard blender base. Like this.
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Anyway. We love this smoothie! It's so good for you and so yummy. On the rare occasion Emma does request a “pink” smoothie, since we're lovers of all things pink over here, I start singing “hungry, hungry herbivore” and she's shoving in the spinach before I know it! So there's a little tip for all you Dinosaur Train families out there 😉
Hope you love this as much as we do!
- 1/2 cup frozen fruit
- 1 medium banana
- 6 oz cup yogurt
- a handful of baby spinach (any amount is a good amount!)
- Ultimately, all of the ingredients are simply going into the blender cup and getting blended. I do have one important suggestion though: add the ingredients so that the frozen fruit is the furthest layer from the blade. If you're using a single blending cup, like I do, add the frozen fruit first, then the banana, spinach, and yogurt since the blade goes on top. If you're using a pitcher in a standard blender, add them in the reverse order since the blade is on the bottom.
- Add as much or as little spinach as you would like. You could even add more spinach after you've blended it up once-- it'll leave some more room to fill!
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