Green smoothies don’t have to taste so salad-y. This smoothie is deliciously sweet and aside from the gorgeous color, you will hardly notice the healthy stash of spinach. If you don’t have fresh mint, you can (surprisingly) substitute fresh basil and it tastes AMAZING. My husband Shawn first made me a smoothie with basil and I was very skeptical until I tried it. Try it both ways and let me know which you prefer. I’ve also tried fresh parsley and can definitively tell you I am not a fan. However my mom swears by parsley in her smoothies and Shawn likes it too, so you never know until you try it.
makes 1-2 servings
- 1 cup green grapes (or red – green is just prettier)
- 1 orange, peeled and torn into sections
- ½ cup frozen mango
- 1 handful spinach
- a few mint leaves (or basil, or parsley as discussed above)
- Put all ingredients in blender and blend (make sure fresh fruits are at the bottom with frozen on top so the blender doesn’t get stuck).
I love to jazz up my smoothies with herbs and spices. This 4-ingredient smoothie is super easy and super delicious. If you want to give it a health kick, throw in some spinach or kale. It you want to serve it as dessert, add a drizzle of honey.
makes 1-2 servings
- 1 orange peeled
- 1 cup fresh pineapple
- 1 cup frozen peach slices
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- Put all ingredients in blender (be sure to put the fresh fruit at the bottom and frozen fruit on top so the blender doesn’t get stuck) and blend.
Blueberries are probably my favorite smoothie ingredient and perhaps my favorite fruit. Coincidentally they are loaded with antioxidants. Win-win. Mix them into this banana cream smoothie and you have a win-win-win.
- 1 banana
- 1/8 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 handful spinach (0ptional)
- Put ingredients in blender with banana at bottom. Blend. This is a thick, creamy smoothie. If it won’t quite blend, add a small amount of water, milk, or your favorite rice/almond/cashew/coconut milk.