~ 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!