Serves about 2-3
It’s not Dr. Seuss day and this isn’t a monster drink (although it may be a great way to convince your HULK loving kiddos to drink this smoothie)! It’s called a “Green Drink” and it sure tastes good….
You can use fresh, organic pineapple as well but I had Pineapple in a can in my cupboard and wanted to use what I had…Just don’t add the juice from the can, it’s unneeded sugar. You can also choose to use organic greek yogurt but I’m warning you, it won’t mask the taste of the spinach like the Yoplait does. =) Or you could even get just an organic strawberry (or flavored yogurt) yes, it may have some sugar but it’s what helps mask the Spinach where all the true nutrients are.
I’ve heard they make you feel SOOO good so I’ve been on a mission to trying them out…the one this morning was DELICIOUS!!! I am going to try adding peanut butter tomorrow. YUM! Also, I heard the pounds just melt off when you drink these every morning.
Don’t worry, they taste a lot better than they look and they don’t taste “healthy” at all….even though they are! 😉
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- 2 large handfuls of Baby Spinach
- 1 Cup of Chunk Pineapple – you can use fresh, organic as well but I had Pineapple in a can in my cupboard and wanted to use what I had…Just don’t add the juice from the can, it’s unneeded sugar.
- 2 Bananas
- 1 cup of Yogurt (you can always use Greek Yogurt for this to make it a little healthier)
- 1 cup of water
- About 10 ice cubes
Blend it all together and VOILA, a yummy, nutritious breakfast or snack!
Like I said, tomorrow I’m trying Peanut Butter….anyone else have any good recipes for a “Green Drink”?
Jessica saysMarch 26, 2012 at 11:48 am
I love that you drink your breakfast in a wine glass! Myabe that would make me feel better about going to work 🙂
Amanda saysMarch 26, 2012 at 11:51 am
I am gonna try, but with a diary free yogurt alternative!
Kassi Belshaw saysMarch 26, 2012 at 11:54 am
do you know of a good dairy free yogurt and where to get it?
Daisha C. saysMarch 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm
Wholesoy & Co. has a good dairy free yogurt.
Cocine Castle saysMarch 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm
My mom is a vegan with celiac and she eats yogurt made with coconut milk like the SoDelicious one… Not sure where you live but I think I even saw it at my local grocery store here in Vernon (Canada).
Sarah saysMarch 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm
Kassy they actually have lactose free yogurt now….yoplait makes it 🙂 My son is lactose intolerant and this works well for him.
Jenna saysMarch 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm
Sometimes I make my morning smoothie with coconut milk…delicious, rich and creamy!!
Sara Munoz saysMarch 31, 2012 at 2:28 pm
Coconut milk is a great, versatile ingredient for a vegan diet. I’m not a vegan but have several friends who are. And it has the *healthy* fats you need.
You can find it canned in the Asian foods aisle, for anyone who’s never tried it.
Jennifer saysMarch 26, 2012 at 11:53 am
Adding frozen fruit instead of ice is a great alternative. It still comes out like a milk shake, but isn’t diluted when the ice melts. We also add tomatoes, juice, and avocados. Enjoy 🙂
Kassi Belshaw saysMarch 26, 2012 at 11:54 am
Amanda do you know of a good dairy free yogurt and where to get it?
April saysMarch 26, 2012 at 11:56 am
I have made smoothies with apples, mango, spinach, strawberries, yogurt and fruit juice. my fiance and I try to mix it up and add new ingredients such as carrots, celery and even raisins. most people are turned off by the green from the spinach but you cant even taste it! delicious
Veronica Mansour saysMarch 26, 2012 at 11:56 am
Kassi, The only soy yogurt my daughter will eat is Trader Joe’s vanilla flavored. It’s much better than others we’ve tried. I would love to hear of others, too!
Andrea Lewis saysMarch 26, 2012 at 11:56 am
how many calories does this shake have? Is this one serving?
Alexandra saysMarch 26, 2012 at 11:56 am
What would you substitute for Bananas?? I am allergic!
Marriah saysMarch 26, 2012 at 11:57 am
I love your recipe and that you don’t use Greek yogurt, I hate that stuff lol.
The green smoothie that I currently make is:
1/2 c water
1 c green grapes
1 c pineapple (I use canned as well)
2 cups of spinach
1 c ice
Blend and enjoy — can’t taste even a HINT of spinach!!!
I’m trying your tomorrow morning — thanks for sharing!!!
Jes W saysMarch 26, 2012 at 11:58 am
Instead of using ice, just freeze your fruit! I came across a recipe for a green smoothie that consisted of honeydew, kiwi, spinach and I’m assuming plain yogurt. Haven’t tried it yet, but it is def on my to try list!
Marriah saysMarch 26, 2012 at 11:58 am
I would try cantaloupe in place of banana. Sweet and has a good texture.
Sarah saysMarch 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm
Marriah, I jist told a friend last night that canteloupe and honey dew are the two I cant do in a smoothie because of the texture lol
Alexandra saysMarch 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm
Unfortunately I am allergic to melons to I didn’t know if I could use like strawberries or grapes in place of bananas or oranges believe me I love those fruits I just can’t have them anymore!
Jerra saysMarch 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm
Can someone suggest another good flavor besides pineapple? I’m allergic….but I still want it to taste good 😉 lol thanks!!!
Jody saysMarch 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm
If you use Greek Yogurt you can mask the taste with strawberries! The yoplait has as much sugar as a can of soda!!!!
Also- if your cut up your bananas and freeze them it will make it less frothy!
Karen Brincefield saysMarch 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm
Is this one serving? with 2 bananas? Seems like alot:)
Raining Hot Coupons saysMarch 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm
2-3 servings… =)
Brittany saysMarch 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm
I LOVE these.. I use flax seed meal in mine also. Plus I put vanilla protein powder in them for a post work out smoothie! You can use any fruit you like, but I always go with fresh fruit. Also instead of water I do orange juice or green tea!
Sonia saysMarch 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm
I’ve been drinking green smoothies for a couple of years now. They are so good for you and you FEEL good too!! I use them to keep my son regular also. His favorite– Frozen Dark Cherries, Kale, and water. Thats it! The frozen Cherries turn it into a slushy consistency and he LOVES it!
Good for you for sharing! 🙂
Mel Gibson saysMarch 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm
You can substitute any fruit you like to replace the banana or pineapple. Try substituting with strawberries, apple, mango’s, grapes, pears, raspberries, or blueberries. You can also use frozen mixed fruit or frozen mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries). You also want to switch up the greens that you use in your smoothies to get a good variety (baby spinach, collard greens, kale, swiss chard, rainbow chard, etc. & you can add herbs ie. parsley, mint, pineapple mint, cilantro, basil etc.) I posted some recipes yesterday to the picture posted on fb with her drinking her green smoothie. You can also look up other recipes online and find a combo of fruit that looks good to you.
Alexandra saysMarch 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm
Thank you! I will def try that!!!
Allison saysMarch 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm
water as needed
Really really good!! And even better, you can make it ahead of time and freeze in small containers. Just defrost the night before.
Kerry saysMarch 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm
Any idea what the nutrition value is on this?
Jerra saysMarch 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm
Thank you for the fruit substitutions everyone 🙂
Christine saysMarch 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm
Stoneyfield Farms has O’Soy yogurt that’s really good and not packed with tons of sugar like some soy yogurts. It’s also organic. I buy it at Walmart.
Emma saysMarch 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm
Awesome, I love green smoothies. If you get a vitamix it can blend anything. I don’t use dairy just water and ice or frozen bananas and whatever fruit and greens I have on hand.
Sandra saysMarch 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm
I have a good juice machine (Jack Lalanne)had it for about 9 yrs. so i juice all my fruits and veggies for my drinks like this morning I had : apple,pear,grapes,pineapple,spinach and orange juice then blended with yogurt and protien powder…….
Cocine Castle saysMarch 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm
If this makes 2-3 servings, how long do the extra servings keep in the fridge?
Eva A saysMarch 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm
I make fresh fruit and/or vege juice 2X a day. I never add sugar, and all 7 of my kids age range 2 to 16 drink them. To naturally sweeten any juice use apple or carrots or strawberries. When I add spinach, I only add a handful. I like to use the small sweet salad cucumbers and green apples in the juice when I add spinach to make a green juice.
Fresh juice is so yummy and filling.
Monika saysMarch 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm
I have to give Montel Williams credit for this one. He developed it as part of his daily regimen after being diagnosed with MS. I saw it on Dr. Oz and also on CNN/Piers Morgan. Recipe on Dr. Oz website, in case you lose/forget it. I have not yet had a chance to try it, but supposed to be phenomenal for boosting your energy/metabolism!
Super Energy Smoothie
Makes several 16 oz. servings
2 pints cut up pineapple
2 pints cut up watermelon
2 quarts coconut water
1 bag baby spinach
1 bag frozen blueberries
2 green apples or 2 bananas
Blend all of the ingredients together in a juicer, pour into 16 oz. servings. You can store or freeze extra smoothies to drink later. Enjoy!
Recipe courtesy of Montel Williams
Victoria Jones saysMarch 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm
When I get home I take all my fruit and wash and cut it up. Then I mix it up and put it into freezer containers or bags. I buy my yogurt in individual containers and put them in the freezer (you could just scoop some out of a larger container and put it with the baggies of fruit though). When I head out for work each morning I just grab a handful of spinach and throw it in the bag with my fruit, and grab a yogurt. I don’t have to use ice in my smoothie and it’s a lot cheaper than buying the pre-made single or two serving smoothie packages.
Michelle saysMarch 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm
I use spinach with frozen blueberries, and frozen strawberries and sometimes a banana with greek yogurt for protein. I use plain or the vanilla which makes it a little sweeter. And the blueberries make it a purplish color so it doesn’t look so bad.
Michelle S. saysApril 3, 2012 at 9:49 am
Thanks for the recipe. I tried it and loved it!!
Gretchen Mills saysApril 16, 2012 at 7:01 am
Just made your green smoothie for breaskfast and loved it! Even my kids loved it. What a great breakfast.
RickyNase saysApril 30, 2013 at 3:20 pm
Hi! Is this a smoothie I drink once a day to see pounds coming off? Besides water I don’t eat anything else?