Every day since the beginning of the year, our breakfast has included a green smoothie. It’s a small change, but it gets more fresh fruit and veggies in our diet in an easy way. We even packed the blender for our beach vacation, along with a Costco sized box of oranges, several bunches of bananas and a big box of spinach.
It took a while to land on a combination that we really like. I tend to get hooked on one thing for breakfast and repeat it over and over. Smoothies can be made a kajillion ways, but keeping it consistent means I always know what I need to pick up at the grocery and putting the ingredients in the blender becomes an easy routine.
I make enough for two servings every morning. I’ve found that if we have a little extra, it can be frozen and added to the next day’s blender of ingredients. If I’m adding smoothie from the previous day, I just cut back on some of the ingredients so we don’t end up with leftovers again.
The first few times I tried adding pineapple, I didn’t care for it. I think I may have been experimenting with carrots and apples at that time too, and those may have been the texture issue instead of the pineapple. Now we love having pineapple in the smoothies. I buy bags of frozen pineapple chunks from Costco to keep it easy.
Serves: 2 servings
- ½ cup apple or orange juice or water
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1 banana, peeled
- 1 large handful of spinach
- ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
- ½ cup ice cubes
- Blend in a blender until smooth.
- If using a Vitamix, add ingredients in the order given.
- If using a regular blender, blend juice and spinach first, then add remaining ingredients.