Saturday, February 6, 2010

purple popeye smoothies


These are incredibly delicious and you would never guess that there is a secret ingredient. (Spinach. shhh!).  I know it sounds crazy to drink something with spinach in it, but you can't tell it's there at all. My kids think that these are Jamba Juice smoothies. But these are healthier than Jamba Juice. It's just fruit and spinach. This is so simple and fast to make and we have it sometimes as a breakfast, or a snack, or along with a little meal.

Here's what to do:
2 cups orange juice
1 cup packed fresh spinach (even though it says prewashed I always give it a good rinse)
1 mango (optional) I get a crate at Costco and dice them up and freeze them to use in these smoothies)
1 banana, frozen
2-3 cups frozen blueberries (I also buy a huge bag of unsweetened at Costco. You can also use other berry mixtures. This one pictured above was blueberries and strawberries. Blueberries hide the color of the spinach which may make it hard for kids to drink if they see it. . .)

Blend until smooth. Add orange juice if needed to thin. We never need to however. Makes 5 (1 cup) servings. Enjoy!

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