Green smoothies.. I’ve seen endless varieties pass by, but never really made one myself.. Maybe weird but I kind of had the feeling that putting veggies inside a smoothie was somehow unnatural. You eat vegetables, but it is ok to drink your fruit… But to be honest – no matter how much I love salads, in all shapes, sizes and forms – with the current hot weather a very simple, nutritious and delicious liquid meal is a welcome change. So time to make myself a green smoothie!
And let me start by saying that I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked this smoothie. It’s quite filling and I kind of think it might just be the perfect way to increase your vegetable consumption a lot. I drank this smoothie like it is, no putting through a sieve or anything, but if you don’t like it thick with tiny bits of spinach floating around you might want to do that. I wouldn’t bother.
Except spinach (a good 150 gr for just the 2 smoothies) I also added maca powder. What is maca you might wonder. I had to look it up myself (I got the jar of maca powder from Alex who didn’t want it) but maca is the powder that is coming from a root grown in Peru. O who cares you might think, but the maca root has an enormous nutritional value. And that also makes it one of the superfoods. What is in it? A whole range of amino acids of which I can give you the names, but you’ll likely fall asleep reading it and to be honest all those names don’t mean a thing to me so I’m guessing you don’t really care either. So amino acids. And in addition to that a lot of minerals as well such as magnesium, calcium, silica and many others (of which I cannot think of the translation and it’s too hot to search for it…) and also vitamin B1, B2 and C.
So a spoon of maca seemed a good idea to add to the smoothie. 🙂
Another fun thing to know is that Yoghurt Barn had added blended yoghurts into their assortment since last week. The same as the yoghurts, there are 8 specials from which you can choose, but you can also go wild and design your own combinaton. Although under the special they have one called Popeye Power… The name alone would make you want to try it right?
Green smoothie with spinach, mango, pineapple and coconut
If you're doing a whole30 or eat paleo like me, you can easily substitute the yoghurt and coconut water here for 300 ml of coconut milk. And yes I know that technically smoothies are not really encouraged on the whole30 but I figured one doesn't heard with this heat!
- 150 gr spinach
- 150 ml greek yoghurt
- 150 ml coconut water
- 100 gr pineapple chunks
- 100 gr mango chunks
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 spoon of maca powder
- When filling your blender it is easiest if you add the liquid with the maca first and then put the spinach on top. Turn the machine on and the spinach will be 'eaten' by the machine.
- As soon as the spinach is blended add the pineapple chunks, the lime juice and the mango and blend until smooth. Enjoy straight away
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