I like to think I’m a pretty healthy eater. I cut back on processed foods years ago and I try to use fruit as a dessert. I get as much protein as I can and I only drink water (ok there’s wine…and craft beer). I will admit to a pretty strong sweet tooth, but I usually limit that to things that are homemade and I pass over store-bought treats. This is starting to sound less healthy than I intended. We all have our things. You know? Anyway, as health conscious as I try to be, I have a very hard time getting in my greens. Salads don’t fill me up and I’m just not very creative when it comes to cooking green foods.
Last year I found a remedy to my not-so-green existence. I took the 30 day smoothie challenge from www.simplegreensmoothies.com. The challenge was simple. Drink a green smoothie every day for thirty days. Believe it or not, at the end of the month I found that I had created a habit that has stuck with me. A year later I am still drinking the smoothies and love the way they make me feel. People ask me all the time what is in the mason jars I carry around. They simply can’t believe that a green liquid can be that delicious. I’m quick to offer them tips and recipes because I truly believe in the power of the green smoothie. I plan to share lots of smoothie tips and recipes in the future, but I wanted to start you off today with a simple one that packs a protein punch and has no spinach taste whatsoever. I promise.
Tropical Popeye Punch (makes three servings)
8 oz. Plain or Vanilla Greek yogurt
8 oz. water
2 cups spinach
2 cups pineapple
Mix liquid and greens first and then add other ingredients. If you use plain yogurt you may want to add a little honey for extra sweetness.
I like to pour these into mason jars and store them in the refrigerator for a couple of days, or you can be kind and share with a friend. I typically use Taddler reusable canning lids to store them, but I just happen to be in the grocery store the other day when I spotted Pioneer Woman’s new line of dishes and they had mason jar lids and straws! I swear the woman can see into my soul. I snapped them up and rushed home to make a smoothie, but I have to admit I was pretty disappointed when I realized they only fit 32 oz. mason jars. Not to worry though, I will dig out some wide mouth ones so I can be sure to use them! They are that cute!
If you’re hesitant to try a green smoothie, just go for it. Start here and let me know what you think! If you’re a green smoothie pro, what are some of your favorite smoothie additions?