A green smoothie that combines a mixture of healthy veggies with sweet fruit and is blended with coconut water for a refreshing “pick me up”. This smoothie is so good you’ll forget it’s healthy!
A few months ago, Kyle and I decided to take the plunge and buy a Vitamix. Those today’s special values on QVC always have a way of sucking us in. How could we not get a machine that can whip up smoothies, hot soups, and make homemade peanut butter? It didn’t take long until I was sold!
I couldn’t hardly wait for it to arrive on my doorstep – I had the door open before the UPS man could knock! Since then I’ve made countless smoothies, soups, milkshakes… the list goes on and on. I strayed from smoothies for the longest time because my old blender just couldn’t make them smooth. There is nothing worse than a chunky smoothie – it’s called a “smoothie” for a reason!
Well, chunky smoothies no more!
I’ve been doing all kinds of experimenting with smoothies – it’s a great way to use up extra fruits and veggies in your fridge. Not to mention all of the health benefits! I have yet to make a bad one – they all come out tasting amazing.
Today, I’m sharing my new favorite smoothie with you. I cannot get enough of it! It’s been my breakfast or lunch everyday for the past two weeks. It’s filling, delicately sweet, and super refreshing. This smoothie really is the perfect pick-me-up drink – it will give you lasting energy and make you feel so darn good!
Ok, let’s get to what goes into this perfect “pick me up” smoothie.
Cucumbers add a light, refreshing flavor to this green smoothie. Avocado adds creaminess and a dose of healthy fats, while spinach adds color and is full of vitamins and minerals. To sweeten it all up, I add in green grapes and frozen pineapple. I add frozen pineapple for two reasons: it replaces ice to make the smoothie nice and cold, and because it’s winter!
If it were summer and pineapples were in season, I would certainly use fresh and probably freeze my grapes to have a frozen component. I don’t really like adding ice into my smoothies because it tends to water down the flavor. By adding a frozen fruit, you’ll get so much more flavor than if you use ice.
For added freshness, I toss in quite a few mint leaves. The mint makes the smoothie! It now goes in all of my smoothie creations – it’s so good and goes with just about any combination.
Then comes the liquid component. I’ve experimented with a few different liquids – water is bland and milk adds too many calories and sugar. Almond milk works good with certain flavor combinations, but my favorite liquid, hands down, is coconut water.
Coconut water was a trendy thing a few years ago – it’s still around of course and works so well in smoothies! I’ve never been a fan of coconut water on its own, but it works great in fruit and vegetable smoothies. You get a good dose of electrolytes for not a lot of calories and sugar. Plus, it’s mild enough that it doesn’t overpower any of the other ingredients, but flavorful enough that it doesn’t make the smoothie bland.
Once this delicious smoothie is all blended up, you’re ready to drink! I consider this to be one serving, and for me it’s substantial enough to replace a meal. However, if you’re having it as a snack then this recipe will serve 2.
Green smoothies are all the rage, and they really do make you feel good and healthy. One taste and you’ll forget how healthy it really is for you! If you’re worried about tasting the vegetables, I assure you that you won’t! The fruit and mint are what provide the taste – and it’s down right delicious!
- 1 Cup Green Grapes
- ½ Cup English Cucumber, not peeled
- ½ of an Avocado
- 1 Cup (Large Handful) Spinach or Kale
- 10 Mint Leaves
- ½ Cup Frozen Pineapple
- 1 Cup Pure Coconut Water
- Place all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender (you can use a regular blender, but you will need to let the pineapple thaw slightly before you blend) and blend on high speed for 1 minute.
- Pour into serving glasses and get ready to feel refreshed, hydrated, and full of energy!
- *This recipe will yield 1 large smoothie or 2 smaller smoothies. If i'm using it as a meal replacement, I drink the whole thing. If it's just a snack, I share the other half!