Here’s a favourite smoothie of ours for getting your greens, your fruit, and likely your breakfast in your hands and traveling with you out the door pronto! Add or remove fruit according to your personal tastes, allergies, availability, and so on. Smoothies are also a handy way to use up bruised or wonky-looking fruits that are still good to eat.
This is best done the night before, and you can easily store your smoothie in a traveling mug/cup in your fridge so you can grab and go the next morning!
- 2 packed cups of baby spinach (or stemmed regular spinach)
- 1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
- 1 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)
- 1 medium-to-large banana
- 1 slightly overripe white nectarine
- 1 cup chosen liquid (can be cooled green tea, plain water, milk, or even yogurt)
- 1 cup ice (only if fruit is all fresh)
- 1 scoop of protein powder (adjust as appropriate according to powder label)
- Chop up your fruit/spinach and crush your ice a little if you’re using a regular blender, so you won’t stress the blender blades too much. If you have a very powerful high-speed blender, just split up the banana/nectarine and throw everything in and go to town!
- Keep some extra water/tea handy and eyeball your blending. If you feel it’s too thick, add some of the water/tea to loosen and keep blending until everything is as smooth as you like it. Avoid being tempted to add sugar – if you really have a batch of super tart berries/fruit, liquify some honey and slowly drizzle a tablespoon in from the blender lid “window” as it blends.
- Feel free to let the kids have a small cup for themselves, fresh from the blender … though it’s up to you to tell them that they just drank spinach!