I’ve always been very good about eating my vegetables and I’ve never had a problem with spinach, but when I first heard of putting spinach in a smoothie it seemed like blasphemy. Why on earth would anyone want to do such a thing to their smoothie? But, I kept hearing and hearing about people who do this and actually, you know, enjoy it. One or two and I would have thought it a fluke but it was so many people, I knew it wasn’t just health fanatics.
I don’t know about you but spinach seems to be sold only in far larger quantities than we could ever use before it goes bad. Recently I once again found myself with an overabundance of baby spinach and knew it was time to give this a try. After all, if it was gross, it was only one day and I could go back to my normal smoothie the next day. Turns out, our whole family loved this. It tastes like all the fruit and not at all like spinach. I was unsure how it would be received by Andrew given the green color, but he actually thought it was really cool.
He was even more excited when I told him it was called a green monster smoothie because this is one of his favorite books. And much to my surprise, he now asks for the green monster instead of our usual smoothies. That’s a big win!
Note: I’ve seen green smoothies made with different greens such as kale or chard, and all sorts of combinations of fruits. I played around with various combinations and this is my favorite version.
Green Monster Smoothies
Yield: 2-3 servings
1 banana (frozen or not), cut into chunks
1 cup chopped frozen pineapple
1 pear, coarsely chopped
1½ cups orange juice
2½ cups baby spinach leaves, rinsed and dried
1-2 tbsp. honey
3 tbsp. ground flaxseed (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until completely smooth. Taste and adjust sweetness with additional honey, if desired. Serve immediately.
Source: adapted from Une-Deux Senses