Green smoothies are one of those things that seem like a 2009 health blogger cliche, right next to banana soft serve and daily meal postings surely to be the focus of an SNL skit covering the topic if it were to ever exist. Though the great “green monster movement” has been in existence for years, the power of the green is still as mighty today as it was back after your first sip when you couldn’t believe how much the spinach remained undetected.
This spring I’ve been on a smoothie making mission, adding greens to the mix as often as possible. It’s a great way to put to use about-to-spoil greens and stretch your grocery dollar, a mission we are always on. To help save a few more pennies, when greens are on my grocery list for meal planning I like to buy a big, bulk bag to get the best unit price. Then after I’ve used the greens in my meal prep and salad making, I’ll whip up a batch of Lindsay’s Frozen Spinach Cubes to keep in the freezer. Future Heather has no excuses and can #make1healthydecision with ease by adding a couple of cubes to smoothies when she doesn’t have fresh greens on hand.
If you’re on a “Fill the Freezer” kick, these spinach cubes would also be a great addition to pre-made smoothie packs. It’s super simple – fill freezer Ziploc bags with the ingredients for one serving each. When you want a smoothie, add bag contents to single serve cup, top with liquid/yogurt and blend. You can use any of your favorite ingredients, of course, but here’s a few great resources to help get you started.
- Coffee-Banana Smoothie Packs – Back to Her Roots. This is my favorite freezer-bag recipe. I love using Stonyfield Greek yogurt for a protein boost, and sometimes mix it with PB2 before freezing for a peanut butter flavor punch and DOUBLE the protein power. Adding greens can make the color kinda gross, but the taste is DELICIOUS and the nutritional benefits far outweigh the Oscar the Grouch like shade.
- PB&J Freezer Smoothie Packs – Clean Eating. Ok, maybe I’m just all about peanut butter in smoothies sometimes, but this combo is spot on deliciousness to a childhood favorite. If I don’t have dates on hand, I’ll make ice cubes with some prune juice to include in the packs.
- Green Smoothie Freezer Packs Recipe Ideas – Nature’s Nurture. This post is full of good tips and motivation to get some freezer stocking done, as well as includes specific recipe ideas for building your packs.
- The Ultimate Guide to Freezer Smoothie Packs – Live Simply. This post delivers exactly what it promises along with a video tutorial and list of recipe ideas and links to other posts.
- 10 3-Ingredient Smoothies You Can Make Ahead – Hello Natural and 8 Easy 3 Ingredient Smoothies from Buzzfeed. I WANT TO MAKE THEM ALL. There are some great flavor combos here, and I’ve bookmarked the carrot mango coconut and bell pepper orange coconut oil for my next freezer fill up day. Clearly I love coconut.
- Blueberry Green Smoothie – Damn Delicious. This is another tried and true recipe made often at THS HQ. The addition of oats gives this mixture a bit more staying power than the freggie-only mixtures.
- Time Saving Tip: Freeze Individual Serving Smoothie Bags – the kitchn. The resource for all things cooking, the kitchn, delivers again with this simple tips post. As always with the kitchn content, the comments include great suggestions and thoughts from the community, too.
- A few green smoothie favorites from around the community:
- Pineapple Green Smoothie from Sinful Nutrition
- Almond Cafe Mocha Green Monster from My Bizzy Kitchen
- Green Smoothie with Citrus from Real Mom Kitchen
- My Favorite Green Smoothie with PB & Banana from Greens & Chocolate
- Spinach Pear Green Smoothie from Me and My Pink Mixer
- Wild Blueberry Green Smoothie from Amee’s Savory Dish
- Apple Pie Spinach Smoothie from Back to Her Roots
- The Cold Buster Green Smoothie from Take a Bite Out of Boca
- Chocolate Banana Green Smoothie from Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen
- Strawberry Mango Green Smoothie from Katie’s Cucina
- Peach and Vanilla Green Smoothie from Real Mom Nutrition
- Tropical Green Smoothie from Culicurious
- Chocolate Cherry Green Smoothie from Amee’s Savory Dish
- Pineapple KiwiwVanilla Yogurt Smoothie from The Fountain Avenue Kitchen
- More Peas Please! Green Smoothie from Homemade Dutch Apple Pie
- Green Protein Smoothie from Lauren Kelly Nutrition
- Banana Mango Green Smoothie from It’s Progression
- Coconut Kale Smoothie from Random Recycling
- Green Goddess Kale Smoothie from Amee’s Savory Dish
- My Favorite Green Smoothie from Bran Appetit
- Persimmon Spinach Smoothie from Back to Her Roots
When I heard that Stonyfield was working with Hamilton Beach to give bloggers the chance to test out their new single serve blender, I was excited to get my green smoothie making on! These blenders are the perfect size for a small apartment or dorm room and I LOVE all the bright colors available. Along with the blue I received, there is a dark pink, teal, red and lime green option along with the standard white and black versions. These blenders retail for only $20 on the Hamilton Beach website and would make a great gift for a first apartment or student going off to school!
Hamilton Beach and Stonyfield want to give one of you the opportunity to become a green smoothie making pro, too! Would you like to win your own single serve blender and Stoneyfield coupons to try out your favorite smoothie recipes?
To enter: Leave a comment telling me what your most favorite smoothie ingredient is!
[I love PB2 powdered peanut butter or Bob’s Red Mill coconut flakes for major flavor game-changers!]
For 3 BONUS entries to the giveaway: Follow @ThenHeatherSaid, @HamiltonBeach & @Stonyfield on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Make sure to leave a link to your tweet in the comments here to qualify for your 3 bonus entries!
Sample Tweet [feel free to copy and paste!]:
Giveaway to make Smoothie Making Simple this Spring http://wp.me/p1ebpN-5aq from @thenheathersaid @HamiltonBeach & @stonyfield
I created a few different recipes using both fresh spinach and frozen cubes, but the recipe below is by far my favorite and has been in regular rotation at my apartment ever since. It’s the first time I’ve used granny smith apple in a smoothie and the sweet and tart addition was WONDERFUL and something I’ll definitely be relying on in future recipes. I hope you try it and enjoy!
This smoothie makes a great weekday breakfast, adding a dose of freggie goodness to start your day off on a healthy choice! Since I’m on a Meal Planning and Food Prep kick these days, I make a double batch in my full size blender – one serving for now, and one stored in a jar in the fridge for breakfast the next day. If you are using your single serve blender, just cut the ingredient list in half and pulse away!
Pina Greenlada Smoothie
Makes 24 ounces; (2) 12 ounce servings
- 2 cups spinach
- 2 Tablespoons shredded coconut
- 2 Tablespoons ground flax seeds
- 1 cup diced green apple
- 1 cup diced frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 cup Stonyfield Lowfat Banilla Yogurt
- Add ingredients to blender in order of listing above, adding the spinach first and the yogurt last. If you are using frozen cubes instead of fresh spinach, instead of adding first, adding right before yogurt.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour and store, or enjoy!
*Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Prize is provided by Stonyfield and Hamilton Beach. I had the opportunity to test this blender from Hamilton Beach and received product coupons from Stonyfield as part of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club; all opinions and content are my own.