If you tasted this green smoothie I dont think you believe something this good could be PACKED with this much nutrients, fiber, and vitamins. My kids literally beg for it daily. It's quickly become a favorite!
Why are green smoothies healthy?
Green smoothies are full of all kinds of natural organic nutrients, Lets talk about what makes green smoothies healthy.
Kale: Not only does it have huge amounts of Vitamin K, A, and C, but it has tons of anti-oxidants (fights cancer and other harmful radicals in your body), anti-inflammatory properties, can lower cholesterol, detoxifying properties, fiber, protein, calcium, iron, etc. (NOTE: if you are on warfarin, or other blood-thinning medications, be careful not to radically change the amount of kale and spinach you eat weekly, as it can affect how thick your blood is due to their high Vitamin K content. Sincerely, Stephanie Anderson, RN)
Spinach: Kale and spinach are very similar nutrition-wise. While kale packs more of a nutritious punch than spinach in most categories, spinach does have more folate and slightly less calories.
Pineapple, mango, pear, and apple are all great sources of vitamins, anti-oxidants, fiber, and everything else that our body needs to function at its highest capacity. You just feel good when you eat good! (er, I mean well...)
How to make a Tropical Green Smoothie
For this green smoothie pile all your ingrenients into a blender. You want to put your more water concentrated fruit first, along with your liquid. Liquid needs to be near the blade, leafy & less watery foods up top.
What Juice do I use?
When I make this smoothie for my kids i use orange juice, sometimes apple juice. It helps sweeten up the smoothie and mask the green's little better than water, or coconut water. But if you are going for something with less calories and less sweet with a nice hint of coconut I highly recommend using coconut water!!
Tips and Tricks for make quick and easy green smoothies!
If you are like us you are always in a rush to get out the door. You need something fast, delicious and nutritious. Even the process of pulling out different bags and halving put them away can take to much time, so we love to make smoothie packets! Place all your fruits and veggies in an air tight container or zip bag that you will need for a green smoothie. You can make these small ( just for you) or enough ingredients for your morning smoothie to share. We like to keep a variety of flavors in the freezer! Add liquids, ice, nut butters the day of however.
Can I substitute or add ingredients for my green smoothie?
YES! We often will substitute a banana instead of a pear, or when we are out of mango we just add additional pineapple. If you are strongly against kale then just add an additional handful of spinach!
You can also add protein powder or collagen! I often add vanilla collagen and my kids have no idea! Smoothies are awesome for being so versatile.
Keeping smoothies and shakes cold on the go
We love to throw our smoothies and shakes in vacuum sealed tumblers and bottles, like these hydroflask's are one of our very favorites. They have additional accessories like large straws so you can drink the whole time your driving to work or commuting kids back and forth. We'll especially use them to keep the smoothie cool when were running around after school to our various sports activities.
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Tropical Green Smoothies
- 1 large handful of ice
- 2 cup orange juice or coconut water
- 1 cup pineapple
- 1 cup mango cored and peeled
- 1 pear cored, peel left intact
- 1 Granny Smith apple cored, peel left intact
- 1 large handful of spinach
- 1 large handful of kale
- Place items in blender in order listed. Blend until smooth.
- Keep covered with lid in refrigerator for up to 24 hours.