Spinach is one of the greatest things to have on hand. It’s incredibly versatile, being able to use it in breakfast green smoothies, soups, sauces, dips and salads. I love to use it in smoothies so I can start my day with greens. By pre-blending fresh spinach and then freezing it in portions, it makes blending green smoothies easy as you already have exact amounts ready to go. Plus, they’re frozen adding coolness to your sweet green smoothie without having to add ice cubes, which could water it down.
Sweet Green Smoothies – Frozen Spinach PortionsSERVES makes about 6, 1/2 cup portions PrintDownload
- 2 bunches of fresh spinach, washed
- about 1/3-1/2 cup of water
- special equipment: blender and regular sized muffin tin
- Wash the spinach and place in a blender with 1/3 cup of water. Blend until smooth. If the spinach isn't blending well, add the remaining amount of water to help it along.
- Fill the muffin tins about 3/4 of the way full with the spinach. Place the muffin tin in the freezer until the spinach is frozen solid. About 3 hours.
- You can transfer the frozen spinach portions into a plastic storage baggie to save space in your freezer.
- *Kale could be substituted for spinach if you'd like or have it on hand. Simply wash the kale and remove the hearty stem. Roughly chop the kale before adding it to the blender.
Sweet Green Smoothies – Sweet Green SmoothiesSERVES 2 PrintDownload
- 1 frozen spinach portion, above
- 1/2 cup vanilla greet yogurt
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple cubes
- 1 tablespoon of local honey
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder of your choice, optional
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Divide between two glasses and enjoy!
- *For easy grab and go smoothies, make these ahead of time by pouring the smoothies into mason jars and storing them in the fridge. Smoothies will keep for 4-5 days. This is a great way to make breakfast or snack smoothies for the whole week. Just grab out of the fridge, shake and drink!