Green smoothies have been a “thing” for quite a while now, but I didn’t get it for the longest time because every recipe I tried tasted just too, well, green. But, I finally found one that tastes like a proper smoothie – cold, creamy and delicious. Your first thought will be “tropical” not “green”.
There’s a lot going on in this smoothie to make it just right. The banana, avocado and yogurt keep it creamy, the ice cubes keep it cold and refreshing, the orange juice gives it a tropical flavour, and the honey sweetens it up. I don’t normally put this much honey in a smoothie but I feel like it’s necessary to take away the “green” flavour that tends to make these types of smoothies taste like a blended salad. *shudder* I like to eat my salad with a fork, thank you very much.
This smoothie gets it’s green from two veggies, avocado and spinach. But, I don’t think that either are distinctly noticeable. In fact, Max doesn’t like avocados one bit “except for in smoothies” he now proudly proclaims, because he loves this smoothie so much. Mommy win!
Creamy Tropical Green Smoothies
- 1 avocado, peel and pit removed
- 1 large banana, peeled (or 1.5 small)
- 1 large handful baby spinach
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 cups pure unsweetened orange juice
- 1/4 cup honey
- 12 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender, process until smooth. Serve.
Makes: 4 large servings
Adapted from Everyday Food.