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January 12, 2013 5:51 PM
Starting tomorrow I'm going to drink a green smoothie daily because I keep hearing all of the wonderful health benefits that come from drinking them. Please post some of your green smoothie recipes (and calories too if you have that info). I currently have a huge bag of baby spinach but I can go and purchase some other greens tomorrow if the recipe require it.

Thanks so muchdrinker
January 14, 2013 4:08 AM
Right now I'm having:

1.5 cups of baby spinach
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 banana
1 tablespoon of agave nectar
Ice

240 calories

I almost always use the unsweetened vanilla almond milk (40 calories/cup) and the chia seeds (25 calories a tablespoon), at least 1 cup of spinach, and then I vary the fruit. I keep frozen strawberries, raspberries, mangos, peaches, and cherries in my freezer, so it just depends how I'm feeling. Some of the fruit is sweet enough to overpower the spinach flavor, but if it isn't, I add agave nectar to make it a bit more tolerable!

It has been awhile since I've seen an avocado on sale, but I've added that in on occasion as well, and it makes my smoothies SO creamy! It is almost like drinking a milk shake :)
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January 14, 2013 6:26 AM
Right now I have:

1.5 cups Baby spinach
1 tbsp flax seeds
1/2 banana
1/2 cup frozen fruit (I have the Europes best summer fruit blend)
1 cup Coconut dream
1/4 cup of Yoplait Source Exotic Yogurt in Pineapple, coconut, banana

Calories: 232
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January 14, 2013 8:38 AM
My favorite (and my breakfast today):
3 cups baby spinach
1/3 cup plain coconut water
ice
1 5.3 oz container of Voskos Stawberry Greek Yogurt (or any Greek yogurt)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 banana
1/3 cup frozen pineapple chunks
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January 14, 2013 11:49 AM
1.5 scoops of vanilla whey powder
1 c fat free milk
1 c honeydew melon
1/2 c mandarin oranges (drain juice off first)
2 c fresh spinach
1/2 c cold green tea
January 14, 2013 12:44 PM
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January 14, 2013 1:51 PM
Green Monster Spinach Smoothie:

Ingredients:
1 frozen sliced banana
1 Tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 cup 0% Vanilla Chobani Greek yogurt
1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze (or other kind of milk)
4 cups baby spinach (or more, or less)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Nutritional stats:

350 calories, 10g fiber, 21g protein

SO yummy & filling! I LOVE this smoothie!
January 14, 2013 1:59 PM
Mine is:
1 cup of plain 0% Greek Yogurt
1.5 Tbsp flax seeds
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 apple
1/2 orange
2 big, huge handfuls of spinach
5 strawberries
1 banana

It runs me over 500 calories but it's all I eat in the morning and I get so much good stuff from eating it that I just adjust my calories for the rest of the day. I've had one every single day since before Christmas except for today!!
January 14, 2013 2:05 PM
put in the blender canister:
1 c unsweetened almond milk (or coconut milk)
1 tbsp almond butter
1 banana (slice and freeze ahead of time for a thicker smoothie)

fill the rest of the way with spinach & blend. as is around 240 cals...you can sub out other fruit or nut butter or milk with equally good results. this one is just my favorite.
January 14, 2013 2:15 PM
1/2 Green Apple
1 Medium Kiwi
1 Avocado
2 Medjool Dates pitted
Handfull of baby carrots
Handful of Spinach
1/2 a cucumber
1 cup of water or natural juice

About 300 calories depending on if you use juice or not.
January 15, 2013 8:22 AM
So I tried to make a Green Smoothie this morning and failed completely! The ingredients I wanted were 2 cups baby spinach, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and 1/2 cup plain fat free greek yogurt.

Do you put the ingredients into the blender in a certain order? Because mine would not blend the spinach in AT ALL! :( Any suggestions? Thanks!!
January 15, 2013 9:24 AM
The only way I have ever been able to make juice out of greens like spinach is with an actual juicer.
January 15, 2013 9:27 AM
bump! Love Green Smoothies!!!
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January 15, 2013 9:27 AM
do you use a blender?
January 15, 2013 9:34 AM
Mango banana "Green Monster" smoothie:

*(This is just exactly how I do it. I posted the brands I use so I could be sure of the calorie and nutrition info I posted. Feel free to alter it to suit your needs/availability of ingredients, but swaps may change nutrition info)

(Recipe yields 6 servings, 11 oz. each)

16 oz. Trader Joe's Green Food super juice
1 banana
2 cups frozen cut mango (Fresh & Easy brand)
1 cup raw baby leaf spinach
8 oz. baby carrots (about 15 baby carrots)
9 oz. non-fat plain Greek yogurt
2 Tablespoons raw chia seeds

To blender, add Green Food juice, spinach, and baby carrots. Blend until all ingredients are finely ground and well incorporated. Then add 1 banana and FROZEN mango (do not thaw the mango). Blend until well incorporated. Lastly, add the yogurt and blend. When well blended, add Chia seeds and pulse only slightly. Serve immediately. If you are preparing the night before and keeping it in the fridge, wait to add the Chia seeds until right before serving, as they will become gummy/glutinous if left standing. You can omit the Chia seeds to reduce the fat and calorie count, but they are VERY healthy for you and are a source of good healthy fats.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories: 171
Fat: 1.6 grams (no saturated or trans fats)
Carbs: 30.8 grams
Sugar: 24.6 grams (no refined or corn sugars - only whole fruit sugars)
Net carbs: 25.5
Dietary Fiber: 5.3 grams
Protein: 7.3 grams
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January 15, 2013 9:37 AM
Also, spinach has VERY few calories and no fats. If you don't mind a smoothie that tastes "Greener," you can double, triple, or even quadruple the amount of spinach in this. I only use one cup when I'm making it for my kids. Any more than that, it doesn't taste fruity enough for them.
  31438396
January 15, 2013 9:38 AM
QUOTE:

So I tried to make a Green Smoothie this morning and failed completely! The ingredients I wanted were 2 cups baby spinach, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and 1/2 cup plain fat free greek yogurt.

Do you put the ingredients into the blender in a certain order? Because mine would not blend the spinach in AT ALL! :( Any suggestions? Thanks!!


You have to have a decent blender in order to use spinach and not have it chunky. Other than that, blend your liquids with the spinach first, then add fruit, yogurt, etc...

I blend 2 cups spinach, 1 cup water, 1/3 cup orange juice, add 1 cup blueberries, a banana and a handful of ice.
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January 15, 2013 9:38 AM
bump!
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January 15, 2013 9:39 AM
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1/2 frozen banana
1 TSP peanut butter or 2 TSP PB2
1 cup spinach
1 cup almond milk

Blend well - it's really tasty and you don't taste the spinach at all...
January 15, 2013 9:39 AM
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January 15, 2013 9:41 AM
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January 15, 2013 9:41 AM
whizz together
1 scoop of protein powder (unflavoured)
water
with


watercress and/or spinach and/or rocket with

- fresh pineapple
or
- strawberries with a splash of vanilla
or
-mango
or
blueberries

basically experiment with fruit and green leafy things

got to try some curly kale soon
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January 15, 2013 9:41 AM
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January 15, 2013 9:41 AM
I use:
0% Fage Greek Yogurt
1/2 c milk
3 packets of stevia
ice
LOTS OF SPINACH

Blend and YUM! (Drink right away or the spinach gets really strong tasting.)
January 15, 2013 9:41 AM
I made one the other day with 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/4 frozen banana, 1 cup frozen tropical fruit medley, 1 scoop protein powder, and 2 large handfuls of baby spinach. I blended everything but the spinach first to get a nice creamy consistancy. Then I added the spinach and blended thoroughly. Added a few ice cubes and blended til it was ready. Very tasty.

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