We really like green smoothies in our home. I really love green smoothies in our home. We fill them full of leafy greens, fresh fruit, milk for creaminess and my kids go nuts for them. I’ve served them to friends who are the pickiest of eaters and even they loved them. I really feel the key to these smoothies is having sweet fresh ripe fruit. This way you don’t have to add extra sugars through juices or other unhealthy sources. I am particular and shop at stores that carry really great produce. My local Ralphs Grocery store has always impressed me. When I first moved here, my sister told me it was her store- low prices and excellent fresh produce- and ever since I love to shop there. Ralphs always has what I need. They have a fresh, healthy variety- especially when it comes to produce. My kids go through a TON of produce.
HOWEVER, we have a problem finishing off the spinach… and I don’t like wasting any food. I recently had a container of spinach that had been pushed to the back of my fridge and long forgotten. It froze a little bit (I really need a new fridge, this guy is dying!), wilted a bunch and I knew I was not going to make it through the whole container before it needed to be tossed. Does this ever happen to you? If so, I’ve got the perfect tip for preserving those important greens.
I recently got the Twister Jar to the Blendtec, so I decided to try it out with some fresh-almost-going-bad-spinach. I wanted to use as little as possible water and freeze these babies into ice cube trays. I ended up only using about 2 TBS of water to get the leafy greens into this! I love this, I really didn’t want to dilute the spinach- I wanted the mixture to be full of as much nutrients as possible. Even if you don’t have the twister jar you can still do this, you will probably have to add a little bit more water than what I have done.
You just pop on the jar, add greens, snap on twister lid and twist while blending! It takes the thickest ingredients and well… blends them :) I can’t wait to try making hummus.
I spooned the spinach/Kale into ice cube trays. Froze those bad boys and now can pull them out any time I make a creamy green smoothies for the kids.
(pictured below is mostly Kale. When I blend the spinach it is a much more smoother texture)
To make the perfect green smoothie ::
Add your favorite fresh fruit! I personally like fresh pineapple. (It’s ultra sweet and juicy) oranges and berries of course. Sometimes I throw in some chia seeds and ALWAYS 2-3 spinach ice cubes and Milk + yogurt.
These are incredible healthy! so many vitamins from the fruit, spinach. Calcium and vitamin D from the milk, Probiotics from the yogurt. Have the fruit washed and prepared right when you get home from the grocery store. If you do that then it’s all mixed together in a matter of minutes before you have your creamy green smoothie mixed.
@Ralph’s Grocery will provide me with a gift card in exchange for a mention, but all opinions expressed here are my own. #lovemyralphs
- 1 cup fresh pineapple
- handful of grapes
- 1 orange peeled
- handful of your favorite berries
- 2-3 spinach ice cubes (see post for details), or handful of fresh spinach
- 1 cup milk
- 1 4-6 oz yogurt cup of your favorite flavor
- 10+ ice cubes
- In blender (my personal favorite is Blendtec) combine all ingredients and blend on smoothie for about 1 minute.
- TIPS: I like to wash and prepare fruit as soon as I get home from grocery store. If fruit- like pineapple- then wait till ripe to prepare it.
- Use ripe, or almost over ripe fruit for added sweetness in smoothie. If you use fruit too soon it can add a bitter taste to your smoothies.