This blog is no stranger to smoothie recipes, but many people have mentioned that they’re still wary of green smoothies, specifically. It makes sense–the drink usually has a weird odd brown color and the fact that there’s generally over a cup of greens in what was, until a few years ago, typically just a fruit + yogurt or juice-based drink, is a little strange.
For the health nuts, I’ll preface this by saying that yep, the sugar content of this smoothie is pretty high, but it’s a good start if you wouldn’t otherwise try incorporating greens. If spinach isn’t your thing, kale works just as well! I’d personally recommend starting with the former, though.
Soo if you’ve been reluctant to jump on the green juice/smoothie bandwagon, this is the recipe for you. The mango lemonade is so sweet that it 100% masks all the other ingredients, spinach included. If you’re truly wary of the greens or have a weak blender, definitely go for fresh spinach instead of frozen, as it blends better and has a smoother texture. And for something with less sugar (but slightly less masking of the other ingredients), my go-to liquid in smoothies is grapefruit juice. Honestly, most fruit-based juices will cover the spinach taste, so just make sure you like everything else you throw in!
Mango Lemonade Green Smoothie
– 1 cup frozen spinach (or fresh)
– 3/4 cup mango lemonade (I got mine at Trader Joe’s, but you could use another kind of mango-blended juice)
– 1 banana
– 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
– Few cubes of ice
– 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.