I feel the need to preface this post with a reassurance that I’m not into juice cleanses, I don’t believe that a smoothie should replace all your meals, and I really didn’t think that anything with spinach in it would be good to drink. I don’t even like those V8 Splash fruit drinks, because in the corner of the label there’s a little carrot hiding out, and carrots have no place in my juice. But I was sick this weekend, I had a lot of spinach that I wasn’t going to be able eat, and I wanted something cool, healthy, and quick, so I decided to give the green smoothie thing a try.
Determined to make a smoothie that didn’t taste like plants, I did some extensive research and found a few recipes that promised I wouldn’t taste the greens at all (not that I really believed it). There were some great tips here, and the final smoothie I created is delicious. I swear!
It’s creamy, a little sweet, with a nice kick from the ginger, and I promise, it doesn’t taste like grass. I find that when I use baby spinach I don’t need to add any sweetener at all, but kale is a bit more bitter, so a touch of maple syrup or honey tastes nice. I used a lot of ginger since I was sick, but feel free to tone it down if you don’t want it too spicy. The colour is vibrant green and makes me feel like I’m drinking some sort of magic health drink. Which I am!
1 handful baby spinach or kale
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
1/4 cup orange juice
half a frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1-2 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 tsp maple syrup or honey (if you want)
Blend all ingredients together on high speed in a blender until smooth.
Makes one smoothie
Tip: When freezing your bananas, break them up into smaller chunks to help your blender; mine freaked out a bit when I put in a full banana
Creamy, cool, and so so fresh. Perfect for beating a summer cold, or when you’re craving something cold, quick, and healthy!