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Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe

By April 12, 2020 No Comments

Green smoothies are an easy way to get some extra nutrients into your diet!

A lot of people think that adding a handful of spinach to their morning smoothie will give it a bitter and earthy taste, but I have found that this is not the case! In smoothies, spinach seems to just absorb all of the other yummy flavors you add. So, if getting your greens in is a challenge for you, or you’re trying to sneak some extra veggies into your kids’ diet, or you just want to add an extra serving of nutrients to your diet, this is the smoothie for you.



Ingredients:Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1/8 or 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

Yup! It’s really that simple!


More About the Ingredients:

Coconut Milk: Look for the coconut milk with the fewest additives.

Milk of Choice: I usually go with almond milk. Again, look for the nut or coconut milk with the fewest additives. Or, if you are going with cow’s milk, I would choose grass-fed.

Oranges: We all know that oranges are high in Vitamin C. According to the World’s Healthiest Foods, “Vitamin C, which is also vital for the proper function of a healthy immune system, is good for preventing colds and may be helpful in preventing recurrent ear infections.”

Pineapple: According to World’s Healthiest Foods, “Pineapple is an excellent source the trace mineral manganese, which is an essential co-factor in a number of enzymes important in energy production and antioxidant defenses.”

Spinach: Spinach is one of my favorite vegetables because it really packs a punch when it comes to nutrients. I also think it’s super yummy. According to World’s Healthiest Foods, “Even though virtually all vegetables contain a wide variety of phytonutrients—including flavonoids and carotenoids—spinach can claim a special place among vegetables in terms of its phytonutrient content. Researchers have identified more than a dozen different flavonoid compounds in spinach that function as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents. (Some of these substances fall into a technical category of flavonoids known as methylenedioxyflavonol glucuronides.)”

Bananas: Adding a banana to this smoothie will help make it creamy and the banana will add even more nutrients. Yay! According to the World’s Healthiest Foods, “Bananas are a good source of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.”

Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie

Lauren Habhegger
If getting your greens in is a challenge for you, or you’re trying to sneak some extra veggies into your kids’ diet, or you just want to add an extra serving of nutrients to your diet, this is the smoothie for you.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup Light Cocount Milk
  • 1/2 cup Milk of Choice I use almond milk
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Pineapple
  • 1 cup Frozen Spinach
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/8 or 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract optional

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

Notes

More About the Ingredients:

Coconut Milk: Look for the coconut milk with the fewest additives.
Milk of Choice: I usually go with almond milk. Again, look for the nut or coconut milk with the fewest additives. Or, if you are going with cow’s milk, I would choose grass-fed.
Oranges: We all know that oranges are high in Vitamin C. According to the World’s Healthiest Foods, “Vitamin C, which is also vital for the proper function of a healthy immune system, is good for preventing colds and may be helpful in preventing recurrent ear infections.”
Pineapple: According to World’s Healthiest Foods, “Pineapple is an excellent source the trace mineral manganese, which is an essential co-factor in a number of enzymes important in energy production and antioxidant defenses.”
Spinach: Spinach is one of my favorite vegetables because it really packs a punch when it comes to nutrients. I also think it’s super yummy. According to World’s Healthiest Foods, “Even though virtually all vegetables contain a wide variety of phytonutrients—including flavonoids and carotenoids—spinach can claim a special place among vegetables in terms of its phytonutrient content. Researchers have identified more than a dozen different flavonoid compounds in spinach that function as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents. (Some of these substances fall into a technical category of flavonoids known as methylenedioxyflavonol glucuronides.)”
Bananas: Adding a banana to this smoothie will help make it creamy and the banana will add even more nutrients. Yay! According to the World’s Healthiest Foods, “Bananas are a good source of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.”

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