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yummy green smoothies for the busy mom

Green smoothies are not a new thing. But there are a few tricks to making them yummy and easy, but still healthy. Because if its going to make a huge mess in your kitchen, and your kids refuse to drink it, what’s the freaking point?!?
Just so you know, I am TOTALLY qualified to write this post. Why, you ask? Because I used to work at Jamba Juice in high school.  See? Totally qualified. At Jamba Juice, when I worked there 10 years ago… Wait, no, more like 15 years ago. Yikes. Anyway, when I worked there, a 24 oz smoothie was made with 12 oz of juice, 2 scoops of sherbet/frozen yogurt and then 3 scoops of frozen fruit and a scoop of crunchy ice.
I have taken that knowledge, and made it work for me now. And this is what I came up with. I call it Green Caribbean Passion. 🙂

How to make it:
Spinach for the greens. I don’t taste much difference between baby and regular spinach. Regular spinach is cheaper (around $2 for a large bag)
The juice: Yes, it would be healthier if you juiced the fruit yourself, and yes, there are healthier juice options. But V8 V-Fusion juice is 100% juice (fruits and veggies) and is super yummy. I like the Peach/Mango flavor (around $3 per bottle).
The Fruit: Find a delicious blend of frozen mixed fruit. The kind I get is from Walmart and it has strawberries, peaches, pineapple and mangos. Costco has a really good one with papaya too. Each big bag is around $8.
I put the spinach in first (so it gets blended up more) Then about 12 oz of juice, and about 1 1/2 c of frozen fruit. I know, don’t judge me because I don’t have a Vitamix or Blendtec. But my Kitchen Aid does a pretty dang good job of pureeing a smoothie.
Mmmm, such an appetizing green…
The finished product for me and my 2 year old. My last tip: use a green cup for the kids, so they can’t see the less-than-appetizing color! 🙂
This same theory can be applied to different combinations of flavors. I would suggest using either pineapple or banana to counter-act the spinach flavor.
What combos do you like?
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Ryan

Tuesday 2nd of August 2016

Cool!

Mommaof2

Saturday 28th of February 2015

How much spinach do you add?

Gabby

Sunday 8th of September 2013

So smart!! Especially the cup tip.

Kara @ Simplistically Sassy

Monday 5th of August 2013

We love V8 V-Fusion, so good. It would be So good in a smoothie. Looks super good. Your blog is so cute. I love it!

Kylie

Monday 5th of August 2013

It IS so good! I used to buy the Splash, but when I found out the Fusion was 100% juice, we switched! :) Thanks for your kind words, I've got a LOT of work to do! Maybe we could team up on a project down the road!

marnie

Monday 5th of August 2013

Kylie, that's a really good last tip! Such a smart mom you are!

Kylie

Monday 5th of August 2013

Why thank you, Marn!

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