Green Smoothies

 

Don’t be alarmed by the color, but this is, in fact, a green smoothie. You might ask what would take a perfectly good smoothie and make it the color of spinach, and the answer is, surprisingly enough, spinach. Yes, I have learned through various other food blogs that you can add whole handfuls of spinach to smoothies without affecting the taste or texture in any way! I know it sounds kind of gross, and I was skeptical at first too, but after drinking multiple smoothies with spinach in them, I am completely convinced. The above combination is a banana, a large handful of spinach, a sugar-free vanilla carnation instant breakfast, a cup of milk, and a handful of ice cubes. This is one of my new favorite breakfasts. It tastes great, and for someone who seems to be constantly lacking enough iron, this is a great way to get in an extra serving of vegetables. It makes me feel healthy.

For those of you that still aren’t convinced, let me tell you that I started adding spinach to Mike’s smoothies as well. The normal combination is a banana, some type of flavored low-fat yogurt, ice cubes, a few ounces of juice, and now a handful of spinach. Because of the yogurt and juice, however, his does not turn the lovely shade of green you see above – it’s more of a disgusting brown color. His face was quite comical when he saw his smoothie and I told him there was spinach in it. But he agrees with me – you can’t taste it at all! He even gave me permission to add spinach to his smoothies in the future too :)

Just thought I would pass this little tip along if anyone is looking for a way to get in any extra vegetables.

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9 Responses to “Green Smoothies”

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    Kristin Charles — June 12, 2009 @ 4:15 am

    Megan-

    I am THRILLED about this. Can't wait to try it out. Not going to get it by Paul, but the kids I'm sure will love the color. We are big smoothie fans at our house. Thanks!

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    Anonymous — June 13, 2009 @ 8:17 pm

    kids like it, babies dont. got it.

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    Healthy Beach Bum — June 16, 2009 @ 3:26 am

    hi there :) just came across your site. I still have yet to try the Green Smoothie. I see everyone using spinach but I wonder if lettuce would taste or work the same? I'll have to give it a whirl! Great post :)

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    Jana — June 28, 2009 @ 8:32 pm

    Hi there! I found you from Pdub's site and wanted to say thanks for this green smoothie! My son barely eats ANYTHING at all, I am a food aholic and have been trying to find ways to give him nutrition…his fave thing in the WHOLE WORLD is a smoothie…thank goodness your friend had you start this blog!! so glad I found you!

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    Joanna — October 6, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

    I do the same, and yes, you can add some lettuce leaves as well to get more or less the same effect.

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — October 7, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

    Joanna – Good idea on the lettuce – thanks for letting me know!

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    megan — October 7, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

    Joanna – Good idea on the lettuce – thanks for letting me know!

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    Beth — November 3, 2010 @ 1:21 am

    Megan,
    This smoothie is amazing! I've had it two mornings in a row for work! I brought in a sample to the teachers and they loved it too! We're all trying to get in five fruits/vegies a day, so this is a great way! Thanks for sharing!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — November 3, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

    Beth – Thanks for the comment! I'm so glad you like it. Mike and I drink a green smoothie every day with various fruits and juice. Glad you weren't turned off by the terribly old pictures!

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