From my last post you already know that I LOVE baby spinach. It’s my favorite green for a salad, but you can really make anything taste good coated in dressing. But for reals, baby spinach is awesome because you can use it for more than just a salad. I buy that big 1 pound container from Costco and throw it in Creamy Tomato Chicken Florentine Pasta, salads, and even smoothies like this Pineapple Spinach Green Smoothie!
Now, my philosophy is that every smoothie needs a banana and some yogurt. The banana adds to the sweetness and creaminess. In berry smoothies it also helps cut the tartness. The yogurt helps make the smoothie nice and creamy and sweet as well. I buy the 32 ounce container of Vanilla low-fat Greek yogurt. It’s packed with 18 grams of protein per cup so you’re getting both a good source of calcium and protein. Score!
Ya know what else is awesome about this smoothie? Kids LOVE it! My daughter thinks it’s so cool that it turns green when we put it all in the blender and mix. A way better snack option than fruit snacks that disappear in less than a minute and leave her begging for more food because she’s still hungry.
Even though it’s still 40 degree’s out, my daughters and I have been in the habit of making a smoothie for our mid morning snack. Carly helps me put all the ingredients in the blender and she pushes the button and we all watch the magic of it. Grandma gave my girls these awesome cups that have become their “smoothie cups” so I fill their cups up halfway and whatever’s left I get.
Pineapple Spinach Green Smoothie
- ⅔ cup low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 banana
- 1 cup pineapple
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach, packed
- ¼-1/2 cup apple juice (or skim milk)
- Ice (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. If using frozen fruit you'll probably need to use ½ cup liquid instead of just ¼.
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