The weather is getting warmer (and staying warmer, no snow again here!), the trees are getting greener and there are a ton of strawberries at the store! I love warm weather for many reasons, but one of my favorite reasons is because it means that we get to have our favorite treat everyday, if we wanted to. There is nothing better than a cold fruit smoothie made from fresh (or frozen) fruit on a warm day. Yum! It also makes me feel like a better mom because my kids are getting in more fruits and veggies. Yes, I said veggies! I love to add spinach to our smoothies. It does not change the taste and it is good for you. The best of both worlds! Another reason I love to make smoothies so much is because my children really enjoy helping make them, too, making it a really easy and rewarding activity!
Here is how we make ours and I’ll explain the veggies further down.
What You Will Need:
- Orange juice – fresh or frozen concentrate
- Fresh or Frozen berries, you choose (we love to add strawberries, blue berries, black berries, and raspberries)
- Spinach – fresh or frozen (see tips below if your child has a problem with it)
- Ice cubes/water
~ Also, see variations below…
* This recipe will make 5 to 6 glasses with 6 oz of smoothie
Add a handful of strawberries (usually ends up about 6 strawberries), add 1-2 handfuls any additional berries you are adding, add 1 medium sized banana, and 1 handful of spinach leaves. Then add about 1/4 cup of orange juice concentrate (1 cup if not concentrate). If your berries are fresh, add 1/2 to 1 cup ice cubes to the mix that way you can make sure your smoothie is cool, otherwise add 1/2 to 3/4 cups water. I eye this and aim for 3x what I added of the concentrate.
They love to help!
Make sure you taste it before you start handing it out and that it does not taste too sweet or too blah! Sometimes I have to add a few more strawberries or another banana.
If you want it to be thicker, add more ice cubes. I usually have to do this when I use fresh fruit!
If you want it to go further than the 5 or 6 cups without having to use anymore berries, add a banana and add more ice/water (and sometimes a little more juice). I was able to get a good 4 or 5 more glasses out of it!
And adding a straw seems to make it that much more enjoyable to drink! Mmmmm!
Spinach Tips: Every time I make this smoothie for someone new (especially teenagers) they usually cringe when they see me adding a leafy vegetable. My nieces will attest to that! I convinced them to take a little nibble out of a spinach leaf. Once they tasted it and saw that it didn’t have much of a taste, they did not mind me adding it and even more so after they got their first taste of the smoothie. They loved it and I never heard them complain again! My kids do not even think twice about adding the spinach
P.S. I like using frozen spinach just because I do not have to worry about the fresh stuff dying if it is not used fast enough.
Instead of adding juice/water, add a small container of yogurt – different flavors give it a different twist. Add milk or ice/water to thin it out.
Add cranberry juice with the orange juice
And the list could go on and on, but I will let you get creative!
Other Tips: I find that the frozen fruit is more affordable when I buy a large bag of it from Costco vs. my local grocery store or even Wal-Mart.
Now go treat your taste buds!
Sushicookie saysApril 20, 2010 at 10:05 am
Ohhh yummy! I never thought to add spinach to it! Great idea.
~ M ~ saysApril 21, 2010 at 4:23 pm
Looks delicious and the spinach? OMG Brilliant! Will have to give this one a shot. Thanks for sharing 😀
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Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue saysApril 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm
This looks very yummy and I love strawberries and bananas. Gonna have to remember to make me some of these 😉
Chelsea M saysApril 22, 2010 at 2:01 pm
I agree – Costco frozen fruit is better priced and better quality than anywhere else. We just went there in Vegas yesterday. This month's coupon book has some good ones! Go check it out. I'll stay home with your kids while they make smoothies for me 😉 Double the spinach!
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