To power me through many 16 hour days, I relied heavily on this super awesome spinach smoothie. Yes, I am completely on the green smoothie bandwagon. (I can guarantee it is much better than being on the cruise-through-the-drive thru-because-it-takes-three-minutes bandwagon.) Admittedly, I was skeptical of the green smoothies until I tried the Spiritual Greenster at a little cafe a few doors down from my beloved yoga studio. The first time I had a Spiritual Greenster, my socks were completely blown off! Holy smokes! Who would have ever imagined that spinach (and kale in that case) would be tasty in a smoothie? There have been more than one occasion where I have had very little motivation to go to yoga and have used a post-sweat Spiritual Greenster as the incentive. Makes sense to me.
Anyhow, the time came for me to try my hand at the green smoothie on my own. Drum roll please--it was a resounding success. A little bit of sweet and a little bit of spice blended into a nutrient packed smoothie. Not only is it extraordinarily healthy, but it is also filling and super delicious. I make a ton in one go so that I can sip it throughout the better portion of the afternoon. This keeps me from snacking on whatever carb-laden finger food I can find. Trust me--you'll like it. Also, I have experimented with both pears and pineapple as the fruit-based sweetener and prefer the pineapple. I am looking forward to trying mango and coconut too.
This smoothie is delicious. And a great way to say hello after a little blogging break.
Super Awesome Spinach Smoothie:
**This makes a ton in one go. I'd guess about 32 ounces.**
- 2 cups spinach (I sort of pack--but not smash--it all into a 2-cup measuring cup)
- 1ish cups of pineapple or pear
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger paste (more if you want it spicier)
- 2 cups of ice
- 1 1/2ish cups of water
- Add all of the ingredients to the blender and blend until it is the consistency of your liking.
- Add more water if necessary.