On the first day of December, my true love gave to me: a Tropical Green Smoothie! YES that’s right. It’s December and I’m making smoothies. What a wonderful way to kick off the first day of December than with an ice cold smoothie, am I right?!
I first fell in love with smoothies years and YEARS ago when it was one of like, 5 things my dad knew how to make. He’d always do a mixture of blueberries, strawberries, ice, and milk. Nowadays, I prefer more green in my smoothie and I’ve replaced milk with greek yogurt.
Smoothies are a great way to pump your body full of vitamins without having to consume a lot of food, which is great when you’re sick! Or on the go-go-go!
I like this Tropical Green Smoothie because I use a cup of spinach per serving and the taste is masked by the tropical frozen fruits I use. Did you know: spinach is chock-full of iron? Yes, yes it IS! Iron helps your body utilize energy efficiently so it’s a #NecessaryNutrient (they’re all necessary). And for all you ladies trying to conceive (and ladies whom have already conceived!), spinach is an excellent source of folate which is especially important pregnancy and postpartum to prevent neural tube defects in your wee one. Neat, right? I totally agree.
Smoothies > Juices
Juicing your fruit and vegetables is great and all but if you DIY – it’s a pain in the ass. I mean, who keeps a juicer on their counter? I don’t even have one. And store-bought juices are not only $$ but a lot of them contain additional additives to keep your juice fresh. Oh, and also? Juicing takes the fiber straight out of your drink. You know that full feeling you get after eating a cup of veggies? That won’t happen with juice.
Smoothies, on the other hand, are full of fiber. That good-good to keep your tummy (and digestive tract) happy. And everybody has a blender, right? I’ve got this one in my kitchen and I love it. I previously had a NutriBullet and it was fine but the KitchenAid is #Goals. #AllKitchenAidEverything
Anyway, enough. Let’s get to the recipe.
- 1 whole banana (frozen or fresh)
- 2 cups fresh spinach (kale works too!)
- 1 1/2 cups frozen tropical fruit (pre-mixed or mangoes, pineapples, peaches, etc)
- 1 cup vanilla (or plain) greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 cups coconut water (more or less depending on desired thickness)
- Optional: 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
- Throw everything into a blender and mix until desired consistency
Optional: if using fresh fruit, use ice to have a cold drink otherwise, your smoothie will be lukewarm