Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

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I don’t know about you, but I am always trying to get more greens in my diet.  Smoothies are a great way to do so.  You can’t even tell this is packed full of spinach.  The banana and berries hide it all.  I love things like this because even my three year old will suck them  down.

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I just tell her she can have ice cream for breakfast and she happily drinks it.  It just goes to show, if you put things in a kid friendly package, they are more likely to eat/drink it.  She does the same thing with my Kale and Mixed Berry Smoothie.  Add a protein powder of your choice and you got yourself a handy and quick breakfast that is great for on the go.

Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

2 cups spinach
1 frozen banana
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 T goji berries
1 cup milk of choice (I used hemp milk)

Throw everything in the blender and mix until smooth.  I also like to add Garden of Life protein powder and also Amazing Grass wheat grass powder to mine.  You could also add chia seeds instead of a protein powder for your kids.  I do believe that Amazing Grass may make a powder for kids too.  I find if you blend the greens, powders and milk first, the smoothie will not taste chalky.  That’s it.smoothie

58 thoughts on “Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

    • I have a vitamix. They go for about $350, but are worth every penny. It tears through frozen fruit like it wasn’t even there. Before getting the vitamix, I was using a magic bullet and it was horrible.

      • The vita mix is worth every penny and you can buy it on QVC on easy pay, no interest. I read one quote saying it was hard to clean. Not so. You can even put just water in it and turn it on to clean. It is the BEST! You will use it for everything.

        • I love my Vitamix as well. We got a discount on ours since we use it to make our daughter’s homemade formula. Great company and good quality product for sure.

    • If the vitamix is out of your price range (like it is mine) I would suggest trying the Ninja: http://www.target.com/p/ninja-professional-blender-with-single-serve-blending-cups/-/A-14263758?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=%7C14263758&CPNG=Appliances&kpid=14263758&LID=PA&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=14263758 I use the single serve cups for smoothies on the go. It blends everything really well! I had the magic bullet but returned it for this.

      • I heard the ninja was decent as well. We got a medical discount on our Vitamix and that’s why we were able to afford it.

        • I use a ninja too, but it is difficult to clean … I’m shopping for a new food processor and blender actually … but sadly, my price point has to fall well below a vitamix. I do agree that the Ninja is great for smoothies and affordable (we have the cheapest one from Target and it has been working fine with daily use for two years).

          • The vitamix is difficult to clean as well. If you are looking for a food processor recommendation, I LOVE my 7-cup Cuisinart. I got it on sale off amazon for about $100. Keep searching their daily deals. You may see something good there.

          • I also have a ninja. I hate that it is a pain to clean but I recently learned a really easy way to clean it. After you make your smoothie or whatever you are making, fill it about half full with hot water and a little dish soap. Blend up the soapy water in the ninja for about a minute on the highest speed. After that, I just have to rinse it and it’s done. It has saved me a lot of time!

        • I have a Ninja as well, I use long handled brushes to clean it with. It works fine. That is a great idea though about putting the water and soap in and blending it! I love my Ninja, I bought the Mega Kitchen System with the food processor, blender and smoothie cups. It makes great smoothies! And I use the food processor all the time. I love having just one base for all the attachments!

          • Be careful the first time you put water and soap in. First time I did it, I opened the lid and it exploded all over my kitchen. lol. Needless to say, next time I was VERY careful. I learned my lesson. Haha!

    • Try blending your veggies first with just your liquid, then adding the other fruit. I’ve found that’s the best way to get a smooth smoothie with no spinach/kale chunks. I also have a Ninja — I don’t think it’s on the same level of the Vitamix, but given the price difference it does a very good job.

      • Good advice! I already do that. I find it’s easier to mix the frozen chunks of fruit with the extra liquid that the veggies provide.

      • I have had my vitamix for well over 10 years and it works beautifully. Not hard to clean at all. Just fill it 1/2 full of warm water add a drop or 2 of liquid dish detergent and run it for a minute. Then rinse with hot water. I wouldn’t trade my vitamix for any other type blender. EVER…

  1. I found your posts on Pinterest interesting and I started reading your blog and I am a big fan lol…I have been trying to do the healthy eating and some of your tips have made it a whole lot easier and I just wanted to say thanks and keep up the good work.

  2. Hi! Great website, great recipes! I have a question (I’m a newbie in cooking :P) Do you cook the spinach first or do you use the fresh spinach? And how many grams of spinach do you use? :)

  3. Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to posts about shakes and smoothies. I do hope you link this lovely one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Have a great week.

  4. I thought I would add that the Vitamix is now sold at Costco. I love Costco because if you don’t like something, you can return it, and usually with no questions asked.

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  6. I have both a Ninja and a Vitamix. The Ninja doesn’t compare to the Vitamix. I find that the Vitamix cleans up very easily for me if I put warm water and soap right after using it. I learned something today that when using it, put the liquid and soft foods (fruits or veggies) in first then the other things (or harder foods like greens, ice, etc.).

    I’m going to try this recipe in the morning. Thanks!

  7. Can you taste the spinach at all? I’ve been wanting to try adding greens to my smoothies but I’m scared it will change the taste!

    • No! You really can’t! The banana completely masks the spinach taste. If you are new to greens in your smoothies, try to add one cup of spinach at first. Pretty soon, you will be cramming in like 4 cups. LOL.

    • I use Garden of Life. I linked it in the post. I am not sure if kids can use it. You can throw some chia seeds or nuts in your kids smoothies. That is what I do. :)

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