I bet you have seen tons of recipes for green smoothies lately. with the New Year upon us, plenty of people are trying to get healthier, and I am not afraid to admit I am amongst the many. But I have further motivation to make green smoothies:
I recently took my youngest in for her 1 year doctor well-visit. She is a tiny little thing and at the time had no teeth. At her appointment they mentioned her iron was a little low. Not so much that I needed to worry, but enough that I needed to really amp up her iron intake. But how do you do this when your baby won’t eat baby food, doesn’t drink a bottle, and has no teeth to help masticate her food? Smoothies!
She loves drinking from a straw, and spinach is full of iron! Perfection. Plus I love green smoothies, and always feel so healthy when I drink one after a workout. So it is a match made in heaven, but as you all know, I am all about the eazy peazy, and I am not about to juice my own juice, or do anything that requires too much work. This smoothie is the answer. It is so easy, so fast, and actually turns green when blended as opposed to brown (no one wants to drink something that looks like liquid diarrhea, am I right?), plus it tastes great, so baby girl sucks it down with a smile.
That is something I can feel great about, knowing she is getting the iron she needs, a nice helping of fruit and veggies, and I can pat myself on the back for being a half way decent parent. Score!
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 peeled tangerine
- 1 banana
- As much spinach as you can pack into your blender
- 2-3 cups of apple juice depends on your blender and how thick you like your smoothie
- Put all ingredients into your blender and blend. I found that after I did the initial blend I could add more spinach for a richer green, and more added umph, so I kept adding it until I got to the color and consistency I wanted. I think it ended up being about 5 handfuls of spinach.
- If your blender is having trouble handling it, add more liquid.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.