Green smoothies are a great way to incorporate lots of nutrient dense fruits and veggies into one cool drink. To be honest, the idea of drinking liquefied spinach did not sound all that appealing to me when I first read about them. They’re all over blogland and I figured that if so many people were making and enjoying them and, most importantly, claiming that the spinach flavor is undetectable, I decided to give it a try.
Alison’s Basic Green Smoothie
Oh, and you need a blender.
Next up: add 3 oz of spinach.
This is a up close look at all the buttons on my blender. I don’t know why they include so many choices. Aren’t we all blending to achieve the same thing: something smooth and blended? Whip, chop, liquefy….I hate having so many choices. I used to have this rad digital blender that, um, went to the big appliance shop in the sky. Since I have a sketchy relationship with blenders, I went with the $25 variety at WalMart. It makes my smoothie smooth and that’s all I care about.
Then I let it whirl until the smoothie is, well, smooth. You really don’t want little bits of chunky spinach in your drink. If your spinach is having trouble incorporating into the mixture, please turn off the blender BEFORE you poke it down with a utensil. Believe me, I know this from first hand experience.
Once everything is all velvety smooth, turn off the blender (in case you haven’t figured that part out yet).
Now smile, knowing that the verdant concoction you just whipped up will not only be tasty but good for you, as well. Also, lie to yourself by saying that this drink will undo the damage that the gigantic bowl of ice cream you will be indulging in after dinner will do. Not to mention the spoonful of peanut butter, the handful of chocolate chips, the 32oz diet Coke…oh, and the fallen bits of streusel topping from the banana bread you ate for breakfast as you sliced it up for your husband to bring to work.
Please excuse the mess that is my hair. It’s a total wreck and I am getting it cut in a few days.
Now, drink up.
No, really….drink it. It’s good. I promise.
See, I told you it’s tasty.
You should never doubt me.
Ahh, MUCH better.
You can add any variety of fruit you’d like. I’ve been known to throw in a handful of frozen blueberries. Just be warned that a blueberry green monster is more accurately a brown monster. Really, the options are limitless.
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.
Now go drink some spinach!
Popeye would approve.