Hi all and welcome to our new blog!
Tina here and I am coming at you with our first recipe. (Leanna and I will be switching off posting recipes, lists, general thoughts about life, etc. etc.)
I am wont to have a very regimented eating schedule. I work from home, so if I don’t have specific times to eat, I will be noshing randomly all day long. I usually eat at 9:00am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm and 8:00pm. I know it sounds kind of cray, but it keeps my calorie intake for the day in check, and eating several small meals throughout the day keeps your metabolism revved.
I started eating this delish green smoothie from one of my fave food/fitness/travel blogs for my afternoon snack. But today I found myself in a predicament – no peanut butter! I feared the worst – my smoothie actually tasting like spinach, gasp! So, I took matters into my own hands and developed what I’m calling a Pina Colada (Green) Smoothie. Before you start getting too excited and all “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” on me, I’m going to have to admit that a) there is sadly no alcohol in this little guy and 2) it does not literally taste like a pina colada, but for being a healthy smoothie with a green veggie in it, it’s pretty close.
Spinach is a great source of protein.
I like to use a 10 oz. package of frozen spinach, chop it in thirds (clearly their is no exactness to my chopping) and save two-thirds for future smoothies and use one-third in the smoothie I’m making. Frozen spinach is cheaper than fresh (in these parts, at least), and its frozen-ness makes the smoothie have a colder, thicker texture.
For me, the trick to sneaking vegetables into your smoothies is how long you blend it. You have got to commit to this blending. I am, at times, beyond weird, so I like to do little exercises like these while I’m blending. But remember to keep your hand on top of the blender – let’s prevent a tragedy!
Plus, I don’t know about you, but there’s something about drinking a green juice/smoothie that makes me feel very on trend/New York-y. That’s sort of embarrassing to admit, but I have, in recent memory, ordered a green smoothie rather than a pink or yellow smoothie just because I think it looks cooler to walk around with.
Pina Colada (Green) Smoothie
3-3.5 ounces frozen spinach
1 frozen banana, peeled
1 cup 0% fat Greek yogurt
1 cup Almond Breeze unsweetened almond coconut milk
1 cup 100% pineapple juice
First, put spinach and banana in blender. Then, add yogurt, milk and juice. Blend ingredients at a low-ish speed until frozen ingredients are chopped up, about 30 seconds (you may need to stop the blender and push the frozen ingredients towards the blade with a spoon – be careful!). Liquify ingredients at a high speed until smoothie is one solid light green color with no visible chunks of spinach, about a solid 2 minutes.