Recipe: The classic green smoothie – aka ‘turtle juice’

I could  have also called this post ‘how to get your kids to drink green smoothies – but anyway…

If you haven’t heard the hype over the past year or so about green smoothies then you’ve clearly been living under a rock!

Packed with anti-oxidants and vitamins – leafy green smoothies are the current rock stars of the nutrition scene and their star power doesn’t seem to be fading any time soon.

I’ve been on the band wagon for a little over a year now, and I actually find that it’s the first thing that I am thinking about when I wake up in the morning. I honestly also find that I tend to eat better if I’ve started the day with a green smoothie. I’m fuller for longer and I actually choose healthier options for the rest of the day.

I got hooked when I signed up for the 30 day challenge at Simple Green Smoothies. If anyone is looking for any inspiration head on over to their website – it is a great resource for ideas and recipes and their passion for green smoothies is infectious!

For anyone who hasn’t tried one yet – I URGE YOU TO GIVE IT A GO – and I’m hoping I can get you thinking about it with a recipe for what is generally considered to be green smoothie 101.

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups of liquid – can be water, coconut water, almond milk etc. I prefer coconut water – and it has great hydrating properties as well.
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach leaves (preferably organic, if not then at least washed really well)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups of chopped pineapple
  • 1 cup chopped mango
  • Oh – and an electric blender!

First add your choice of liquid and the spinach leaves to the blender and mix until smooth (this is important otherwise you’ll end up with bits). Then add the remaining fruits and blend again until smooth.

Then all you need is to pour and enjoy!

Classic Green Smoothie Recipe

So back to my claim about getting your kids to drink green smoothies. I’ve worked in marketing and PR for a long enough to understand that selling a product is all about the ‘packaging’ – the look, the feel and the communications that we put around it.

So my simple tip – don’t call it a green smoothie – call it ‘turtle juice’. Suddenly something they initially want to turn their nose up to is now fun and potentially going to provide ‘ninja hero’ powers! My own little Miss Six has one every morning.

Oh and one more thing. Don’t worry about the fruit having to be fresh. I normally go to the farmers markets once every couple of weeks and then chop up all of the veg and freeze it. As long as you have a decent blender it will chop right through the frozen fruit with out any issues, giving you a wonderfully refreshing icy smoothie.

Enjoy!

CP x

 

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