Happy Valentine’s Day Y’all! Battling all of these northeast winter storms, and just having had to shovel nearly a foot of snow makes me long for New Orleans – where today’s high will be in the mid-60’s. (Jealous) One of the home-town treats that I’ve been missing are pralines, or “pecan candy” as native New Orleanians call it. It’s usually my staple souvenir whenever I travel home and friends or co-workers ask me to bring them something back.
I LOVE smoothies! I always have. When I was little I would beg my mom to buy me an Orange Julius every time we went to the mall. Then, when they started putting those smoothie packets in the fruit section of the grocery store, I was in heaven. All you needed was frozen orange juice, or a few bananas and milk – pending on which packet you were buying.
I was recently reading about people doing health detox programs and cleanses. The primary goal for most was weight loss; however, everyone talked about an increase in energy, clearer skin, and overall feeling better. Well, I want all of that – minus the weight loss part. In my search I stumbled across Simple Green Smoothie blog and their 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. While I am not jumping into a 30-day challenge of drinking green smoothies, they had tons of great information that could get me off to a good start.
I tried their starter smoothie “Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie”. It was a simple recipe that included all of the fruits that I love, and the one green that my mother used to force me to eat – spinach. Ohh the hours I spent at the dinner table in tears, while carefully dropping spinach into the napkin I had hidden in my lap.
Here is the recipe for the Beginner’s Luck GreenSmoothie:
2 cups fresh spinach (I purchased the salad bag of baby spinach)
2 cups water
1 cup mango (I purchased frozen mango)
1 cup pineapple
I blended my greens and water first (as recommended) to ensure that I didn’t have any leafy chunks or stems. I then added the fruit and blended until it was really smooth. It’s recommended that you use at least one frozen fruit to make sure that your smoothie will be cold. If you find that your smoothie has somewhat of a bitter taste, add more pineapple or mango to sweeten. My smoothie initially had a strong banana taste, so I added more pineapple and a dash of lemon juice.
I never thought I would see the day that I would be eating or drinking spinach, but this was really tasty! My mother would be proud! Plus there’s the added benefit of the much needed iron, potassium and vitamins. This was also friendly on my wallet. 🙂
Well, this is my start to improving my health. Now I just got to get that exercising thing started…
What about you? Do you enjoy smoothies? What are some of your favorites?