Ever since the first time I heard of a green monster smoothie I was intrigued. How could a smoothie with this much spinach in it not taste like, well, spinach? I see variations of these green smoothies all the time on food blogs and healthy living blogs and everyone swears you cannot taste the spinach. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the taste of spinach; it’s just not something I would have thought would be good in a smoothie.
But after making these delicious green monster smoothies, I can say that it’s true- aside from the pretty green color it imparts, you really cannot tell that there is spinach in these smoothies. But it’s there (and lots of it too- 3 cups!). It’s a great addition because it bumps up the nutrition factor, providing lots of calcium, vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and potassium. This smoothie is so refreshing. I love the flavors of pineapple, pear, citrus, and bananas, and the honey adds a touch of sweetness. The next time you are looking for a healthy snack or breakfast treat, try this smoothie recipe!
Green Monster Smoothie
- 1 banana (frozen or not), cut into chunks
- 1 cup chopped frozen pineapple
- 1 pear, coarsely chopped
- 1½ cups orange juice
- 3 cups baby spinach leaves, rinsed and dried
- 1-2 tbsp. honey
- 3 tbsp. ground flaxseed (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until completely smooth.
- Taste and adjust sweetness with additional honey, if desired. Serve immediately.
Yield: 2-3 servings
Source: Annie’s Eats
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