Everyone wants to try to eat healthier these days, but it’s not always very convenient. I’ve been trying to eat more green smoothies lately to get in some extra nutrition when I don’t want to take the time to cook a healthy lunch for myself. My problem is that I’m not consistent enough to keep all my spinach and fruits from going bad before I can get through them all. Well since I discovered the secret of using Thrive fruits and veggies in my smoothies my world has completely changed!
You can mix and match your ingredients but here is a basic formula you can use to create your own smoothie mixes! It’s the perfect amount to fit in a quart size canning jar so you can even make big batches while you have all of the ingredients pulled out and have quick and easy smoothies on hand for a busy day.
The most common ingredient for green smoothies is large handfuls of spinach. Freeze-dried spinach is a lot more nutrient dense and more potent in flavor so you can use a lot less. Anywhere from 1/2-1 cup should work but my kids complain of the spinach flavor gets too strong. You can also experiment with subbing in other green veggies to get a little different nutrient and flavor profile.
The fruits are so versatile and I love it. The kids can pick their favorite combo or you can stick to tried and true favorites. I did 1 cup peaches, 1 cup strawberries, and 1/2 cup each of bananas and pineapples. It was delicious.
You can use a little more water if you don’t like your smoothies to be too thick. This formula makes about 24 ounces of smoothie. You can bulk that up by adding in some optional mix-ins. Some popular items are protein powder, drink mixes, peanut flour, yogurt bites, vanilla powder, or the really healthy things like chia seeds, flax seeds, etc.
My two youngest kids love when I make a smoothie and they can steal a little bit of it from me. It makes for a fun kitchen adventure and a little bit of fighting over who gets to push the button on the blender 🙂
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We are so excited to be working with Robyn of GreenSmoothieGirl on an amazing humanitarian campaign this fall. She is doing an experiment where she drinks nothing but green smoothies for 30 days! On one of the days she is even going to try a smoothie made with freeze-dried fruits and veggies! You can follow along with her adventures and enter to win free prizes along the way. And everyone that signs up gets a free ebook full of superfood green smoothie recipes. And this all goes to benefit Mothers without Borders which is an amazing cause that Robyn is rallying behind. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND JOIN THE FUN!
- Jodi Weiss Schroeder