What is not to love about a healthy Green Keen Smoothie? This smoothie is easy to make and tastes so great, even kids will love it!
In the search for smoothies that are both healthy and delicious, I am happy to report I have found another winner.
Here you get two handfuls of spinach, yet you can’t taste the spinach in the final drink. Spinach is generally mild tasting. I happen to love spinach and love spinach salads, but if you are someone who doesn’t, this may be a way to get all the nutritious benefits of this wonderful green. I also added fresh ginger for a little-added zip. I would consider this a mild tasting smoothie compared to the Green Kale Smoothie, (which was much sweeter tasting), I posted a few weeks ago and bet most kids would love it.
Try This For Smoothie Success:
I find that in order to be successful in my smoothie a day habit, I need a good routine where ingredients and tools are easily accessible. The ten minutes it takes to pull my blender out of the cabinet, and chop up fruits and veggies will too often come between me and my nutritious smoothie, especially during a particularly busy morning. However, with a few easy strategies, smoothie success is a breeze, even on the busiest of days.
- A great blender – While I have a larger blender for certain recipes, it is this smaller blender which you will find on my counter.
- Make my daily smoothies with this blender.
- Strong enough to whip up frozen fruit, ice, and nuts
- Easy to rinse cups (vs. harder to rinse and clean blender pitcher)
- Portable caps for the blender cups (so I can take my smoothies to-go!)
- Less clunky than a larger blender and fits perfectly on my counter top.
- Frozen fruit in plastic bags ready to go:
- It is super easy to buy frozen, pre-chopped fruit from the grocery store.
- Reasonably priced and organic produce available.
- If buying fresh produce, freeze by placing fruit on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread fruit in an even layer with no pieces touching. Freeze completely and then place in plastic bags. If you place fresh fruit in bags and freeze, you will have frozen clumps of fruit that are hard to separate and use. 🙂
- Have your favorite smoothies all year, not just when fruit is in-season.
- I often transfer the contents into resealable individual clear plastic bags for easy use. It is easy to monitor when the supply is running low.
The great thing about smoothies is that you can add or subtract ingredients according to your tastes.
Stay tuned for a strawberry smoothie I will be posting in the future.
How great is it to eat two handfuls of spinach first thing in the morning (or anytime)? Awesome!
Kitchen Tip – freeze your fresh ginger and it will last months. Simply peel ginger and place in a Ziploc baggie. It will be ready to go when you need it. Since ginger is very perishable, this is a great way to store it.
1 cup almond milk ( I prefer the refrigerated almond milk, and it is sweetened)
2 large handfuls of fresh spinach
1-inch fresh ginger, peeled
1 tablespoon orange juice (fresh or carton) – optional
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
4 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse on high until all ingredients are blended, approximately 1 minute.
Looking for an awesome, yet reasonably priced blender? This is the one I use and love!
- 1 cup almond milk (I used refrigerated original, sweetened almond milk)
- 2 large handfuls of spinach
- 1 inch piece of ginger peeled
- 1 tablespoon orange juice fresh or carton
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed - optional
- 4 ice cubes
- 1 banana
Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse at high speed for approximately one minute until perfectly blended.
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