Mar 302015
 

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.

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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.

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!

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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?

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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!

ingredients

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!

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Pina Greenlada Smoothie
Makes 24 ounces; (2) 12 ounce servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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!

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stoneyfield tropical smoothie nutrition facts 12 ounces

*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.