I’m sure people in Wisconsin will view this as a comedic performance, but it’s cold here in the South. (Michigan residents are also laughing now, I’m sure) Anything below 40 degrees may as well be Arctic in my little corner of the world and I’m missing hot, muggy summer days where smoothies made of frozen pineapple are a must every night. So, about 10 minutes before typing this, I was sitting in front of a fireplace, with my feet on the hearth, drinking a Pina Colada Smoothie and dreaming about St. Martin, or Barbados. You can pick whichever works for you. My dream place had sandy beaches, sunny climates and warm, aqua colored water. And this:
I use fresh, frozen pineapple, but you can use pre-bagged and it works just fine. Since we don’t cut our fresh pineapple in pretty little squares, use at least 1 1/2 cups if you’re using pre-bagged frozen pineapple. We usually use 10 medium sized pieces from a fresh one. Add 1/2 banana, 1 tablespoon of raw, organic honey, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, 1/2 cup of coconut milk and mix until well blended. I don’t use any ice because the frozen pineapple and chia seeds make this nice and thick. (Did you know chia seeds turn into a gooey substance when they’re added to water or milk?!” Top it off with some shredded unsweetened coconut and it’s a keeper!
Spinach is pretty much the Incredible Hulk of vegetables. It has Calcium, Vitamins K and C, as well as good amounts of complex B vitamins. It has potassium, manganese, magnesium, copper and zinc. It’s also rich in Omega 3 and iron. That’s not even close to all, but you get the point. I love spinach in salads, but I know lots of people don’t like the taste. Here’s a great alternative that will still give you the benefits, and then some, while hiding the flavor behind more deliciousness!
Grab a handful of spinach and toss it in your blender. I have a Ninja with individual cups and that’s what I use. (it’s the biggest reason I bought this particular Ninja and I love these cups! Every blender/processor should have these!!)
Toss your spinach in first, then top it with 2/3 cups of unsweetened, organic frozen mixed berries, 1/2 cup of unsweetened frozen mango pieces, 1 tablespoon of agave nectar and 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. Then start with 1/2 cup of vanilla almond milk. Sometimes, I have to add another 1/2 cup of almond milk, depending on how well the frozen fruits decide they want to fall in the mixing process and also how thick/thin I want my smoothie to be. My kids want it to be like ice cream and I like a more traditional smoothie feel. Whatever floats your boat will work!
Mix well and serve!
This is yummy and filled with so much goodness for your body and it could not be easier to make! You can substitute kale for the spinach, if you’d like. I do sometimes and it’s equally yummy!
Enjoy! Kristi 🙂