I have to admit, not many of my recipes (so far) have the word “healthy” in the title. I promise I eat healthy. I love fruits and veggies and pasta and chocolate… really anything that “does the body good”. But when I felt that first ray of golden, warm, Spring sunshine, my body went from “soups and chili” Winter-mode into “fruits, veggies, lighter-fare” Spring-mode. Who wants a hot bowl of chili when it’s 78 degrees out? Ok, let’s be honest – I wouldn’t deny that bowl of chili, but it wouldn’t be my first choice on a hot sunny day. Besides, my body has had it’s fair share of soups, stews, chilis and roasts to last me until next Winter. I’m ready for a Winter-food detox. Bring on the Spring-y food! (Sometimes I make up words. It’s tots fine).
It’s nearly impossible for me to crave an ice-cold fruity smoothie in the Fall and Winter months. Just doesn’t happen. My outsides are already freezing, and I certainly don’t want to freeze my insides either. But boy (a southern term for “hey”), let me tell you, when it gets to be Spring or Summer, I’m drinkin’ smoothies like I have a smoothie IV hooked up to me. So many different options, so many different flavors, so many ways to make them healthy! I landed on this healthy green power smoothie as a way to inject my body with both fruits and vegetables to help rejuvenate me from my Winter food fare. Yes, this green smoothie does have a leafy green in it – Spinach. Don’t you dare leave this page yet, I promise this smoothie tastes amazing! Like a fruit basket, but secretly blended with spinach which is packed full of iron and a laundry list of vitamins that are good for the body. All the fruits that are added into the smoothie mask the spinach taste, so you only get the spinach benefits (and not a raw, leafy green taste). This healthy green power smoothie helps me “power” up in the morning and get me ready for the day! They’re not just amazing for breakfast, but perfect for a mid-afternoon snack, pre-workout snack, post-workout snack, light lunch, paired with a salad, road trips, late night snack, wait…are you still reading this list? Hah! The possibilities are endless!
If you’re lookin’ for a flavorful and healthy smoothie recipe this is a MUST TRY! You can thank me later :). I like to make a big batch, freeze them I’m ice-trays and pop a few in a mason jar to defrost before breakfast. Hello easy breakfast! Enjoy!
Let’s get started!
Here’s the cast of characters for this smoothie – plain yogurt, milk, pineapple, green seedless grapes, green apple, pear, banana, spinach, and honey (he’s camera shy).
Disclaimer: Ok, so I totally thought I grabbed greek yogurt at the store the other day. And then, when I came home (to my horror I might add) I found that I had bought regular yogurt instead of greek. I was distraught for about 30.5783974 seconds but I quickly got over it because the smoothie still turned out amazing. But if I had grabbed the container I wanted, I would choose greek yogurt. “You can’t win ’em all, kids” – every coach after a hard loss.
One of my favorite things about this recipe is the lack of dishes I use. You just throw everything in a blender and press “puree”. My kind of recipe!
In a blender, add in 2 cups of Plain Yogurt (preferably Greek Yogurt), 1 cup of Milk, 2 cups Pineapple, 1 1/2 cup Green Seedless Grapes, 1 Green Apple, 1 Pear, 1 Banana, 1 1/2 cup Spinach, and 3 TBS of Honey.
Put the lid on the blender and puree the mixture about 3-4 minute until it has reached a well blended and smooth consistancy.
That camera shy honey – I almost forgot to add it in!
Pour into a tall glass and enjoy immediately!
To freeze smoothie, pour into a plastic or silicone ice-cube tray (see in picture above on the left side) and place in the freezer for about 6-12 hours or until the smoothie cubes are set. I would try to find a tray that “moves” well when you twist it. I found mine for about $1.50 at Target (I love Target, but, that’s a different post, different day). Once the cubes have set and are hard to the touch, twist the ice tray and pop the smoothie cubes out and store in a freezer bag for about 3-4 months. When you’re ready for some smoothie power, pop a few in a jar and allow them to thaw for about an hour. Shake them up and enjoy your smoothie!
- 2 cups Plain Yogurt (Greek Yogurt preferred)
- 1 cup Milk
- 2 cups Pineapple, cored and cut into chunks
- 1 1/2 cups Green Grapes, seedless
- 1 Green Apple, cored and cut into chunks
- 1 Pear, cored and cut unto chunks
- 1 Banana, peeled and diced into chunks
- 1 1/2 cup Spinach, fresh
- 3-4 TBS Honey
- In a blender, add in 2 cups of plain yogurt (preferably greek yogurt), 1 cup of milk, 2 cups pineapple, 1 1/2 cup green seedless grapes, 1 green apple, 1 pear, 1 banana, 1 1/2 cup spinach, and 3 TBS of honey.
- Put the lid on the blender and puree the mixture about 3-4 minute until it has reached a well blended and smooth consistency.
- Pour into a tall glass and enjoy immediately!
- To freeze smoothie, pour into a plastic or silicone ice tray and place in the freezer for about 6-12 hours or until the smoothie cubes are set. Twist the ice tray and pop the smoothie cubes out and store in a freezer bag for about 3-4 months.
- *If you like your smoothies to be really cold, try freezing the pineapple chunks and banana slices in the freezer for 1-2 hours before blending them into the smoothie or you can always add in ice!
- *Freezing option: I make my smoothies ahead of time, so I poured the smoothie into plastic or silicone ice cube trays. Then I put them in the freezer to set in the ice trays, about 6 hours or more. Once set, I popped them out and put them in a labeled plastic storage bag. When I was ready for a smoothie, I put some in a mason jar, let it defrost in the fridge for about 2 hours or out on the countertop for about 1. Popped the lid on, shook it up and voila! Healthy Green Power Smoothie!