In my house we call these “Hulk Smoothies” and have them year-round. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up you could always say a little Leprechaun shared his special recipe
Our basic recipe is here:
2 cubed mangoes (or about 2 cups frozen mango)
1 large banana (or two small)
1 apple (chopped)
2-4 cups fresh baby spinach (don’t use the frozen brick stuff!) You won’t taste the spinach I promise!
2 cups orange juice, cranberry juice or grape juice. Orange produces the most pleasing color (shown with orange juice above), but grape is the taste test winner in our house! Try to use 100% juice.
Blend items in your blender until smooth. If none of your fruit was frozen, add a handful or two of ice.
Some tried and true tips:
When fruit is getting ripe and you don’t think you’ll eat it, peel, chop and freeze it for smoothies! This goes for fresh baby spinach too. After it’s been washed and dried, place 2-4 cups in Ziploc freezer bags and freeze. When you are ready to make a smoothie just grab a bag and dump it in the blender with your other ingredients.
It’s impossible to peel a frozen banana. You’ll only make this mistake once and I’ve already made it for you. Peel bananas before freezing.
Using frozen fruit instead of adding ice produces the best flavor.
Use whatever fruit you have on hand, experiment with flavors! Keep the bananas (for a creamy consistency) and amount of liquid, but everything else can be substituted!
Darker fruit (berries) will produce a smoothie that might not look too pretty, but it sure is tasty!
If you have a child that looks at you like you’re crazy for handing them something green (no matter what you call it) try putting it in a solid colored cup (that they can’t see through!) with a lid and a straw. If you can get them to taste it before they see it you’ll be fine!
Put leftover smoothie in popsicle molds and freeze for a frozen treat later!
Some things we like to substitute; pineapple (replace one cup or all of the mango), berries (replace one cup or all of the mango), baby kale (replace some or all of the spinach), papaya (replace one cup or all of the mango),
Some things we like to add; soaked chia seeds (1-2 Tablespoons), flax seeds (1 Tablespoon), almonds (small handful), vanilla protein powder (1 scoop), greek yogurt (1/2 cup)
When we first started these smoothies years ago I didn’t tell the kids what was in it the first few times I made them. They loved them! Eventually I let them watch me make it and laughed at their little faces when they realized I had been secretly feeding them spinach! Now, they love to help me make them!
For the juice part we now use fresh juice from our juicer:
3 carrots (peeled)
3 pieces celery
1 inch ginger
Juice all items above and use that instead of store bought juice. So much healthier and tastes just as yummy! The kids love to help juice everything!
This is such a great way to get some veggies in your picky eaters! Out of my three boys it goes like this:
#1 – Loves fruit and veggies – Loves this smoothie
#2 – Loves fruit, not so much veggies, but he’s starting to come around – Loves this smoothie
#3 – Will go find a new family if you put fruit or veggies in front of him – Loves this smoothie
And they all love helping me make it now!
Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? Share in the comments below!