Green smoothies are one of my favorite ways to sneak veggies to my tiniest tot. He doesn’t absolutely loathe vegetables, but he’s not exactly consistent in his acceptance of them, either. Even though summer is winding down, these still work great for breakfast or even a snack.
We have a Vitamix blender, and let me tell you, that thing is a bad mamma jamma. I don’t even bother to seed or core the apples, and I throw the strawberries in with the husks on and everything. It blends everything together so smoothly. Seriously, if you ever find a good deal on a high-end blender, IT’S WORTH IT.
If your blender doesn’t work quite as well as that, you may want to prep your fruit a little more to avoid having chunks of seeds and husks in your drink. You also might want to cut things up a bit smaller. You know your blender; operate accordingly.
You can use whatever greens you want, and you can also switch out the fruits or add/eliminate some. No strawberries? No problem. Just add another apple of banana to make sure it stays sweet enough to overpower your greens. Or swap them out with blueberries. The flavors will of course change with the varying fruit, but it will still be delish!
Note that I only call for 8 ounces of strawberries when they actually come in a 16 oz package. That’s because I can’t buy strawberries without eating some of them in all their natural glory. If you want, you can chuck the whole thing in there.
The chia seeds are optional. I like to add a little nutritional boost to my smoothies, but it won’t affect the flavor to leave them out.
Strawberry Apple Banana Green Smoothie
- 2 cups leafy greens (spinach and kale both work well)
- 1 cup milk (can sub apple juice to make it dairy-free)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- 8 oz strawberries
- 2 sweet apples, quartered
- 2-3 bananas, peeled
- 2-3 cups ice
- Step 1 Blend leafy greens and milk together until smooth. This will help your fruit blend more easily.
- Step 2 Add remaining ingredients except ice and blend until smooth.
- Step 3 Add ice and blend one more time.
- Step 4 Serve cold and enjoy!