Instead of that Saturday morning Dunkin’ Donuts run, why not start your day with a nutritious and delicious smoothie? I’ll admit – when I first came across the pictures of these green smoothies, I thought, ‘Ew. Who would want to drink that? Looks gross…’ But after making and drinking it, there is only a slight veggie/green-ness undertone to it. The mango, grapes, and lime juice really mask the fact that you are drinking a spinach smoothie. And this smoothie is so good for you – spinach is packed with protein and lots of other vitamins and minerals.
The original recipe, found in Real Simple magazine, calls for collard greens, but spinach was presented as a substitute, and I went with it.
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 cups chopped spinach
1 ½ cups frozen mango chunks
1 cup green grapes
Here’s how to make it:
Pour lime juice and water into blender first. Then follow with chopped spinach, mango and grapes. Puree for at least a minute until smooth. (I noticed a few tiny bits of spinach while I was drinking it, so next time I’ll probably blend for 90 seconds or so.) Add more water if you like your smoothies with a little thinner consistency.
This was a super quick and easy recipe to make. Now that I know how easy and healthy smoothies can be, I think I’ll be using my blender a lot more often!