Go Green: How to Make a Green Smoothie
A green smoothie made with spinach, fruit juices, frozen banana, and yogurt is a healthy way to start the day. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)
Confession: I have made some disgusting smoothies.
Whenever I’ve attempted to simply throw together a few ingredients, I have ended up with something that looked and tasted awful.
Thankfully, I’ve found a recipe that works, because smoothies are a fast way to squeeze in those needed servings of fruits and veggies, and, depending on your recipe, protein too!
The original inspiration comes from this USDA recipe.
My adaptation of this green smoothie recipe fits in a small, high-powered food blender, such as a Magic Bullet. (Hint: a dash of vanilla gives it an extra flavor boost.)
Green Smoothie for One
- 1 cup baby spinach leaves
- ½ cup orange juice
- ½ cup pineapple juice
- 1 frozen banana
- ¼ cup vanilla yogurt (Greek or regular)
- 1/4 to ½ cup ice cubes
Combine ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth. Serve immediately and enjoy!
If you like to experiment, these tips will give you some ideas for mixing and matching ingredients.
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Tyler Wilson, right, shadowed Dr. Steven Brandon during the 2016 Rural Medical and Science Scholars program. Participants in the program also receive college credit for two pre-med courses, visit various medical facilities, participate in lab-based hands-on learning activities and take part in a communications and study skills workshop. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)