Thursday, July 5, 2012

Smooth operator.

It's that time of year when it's so freaking hot you just want to die, but all kinds of produce are in cheap abundance which is encouraging. We hit up the Superstition Ranch Market (Apache Trail and Meridian) weekly and pick up tons of berries, grapes, spinach, melons, pineapples, you name it -- for next to nothing. I'm serious.

Last week I got a 2.5-pound bag of fresh spinach for $1.50 (I told you ... how cheap is that?!). As I threw it into my cart, I noticed a nearby elderly lady staring at the gargantuan bag. She turned to me and said, "That's a LOT of spinach!" To which I replied, "Yeah ... but it's really good in smoothies! I just throw a big handful in and you can't even taste it. You should try it!" As I walked away, I saw her stick a big ol' bag in her cart, too. Hope she likes her green smoothies!

I make smoothies for myself and the kids once a day. They've become our new mid-morning snack. I've been whipping up the same recipe for the past week so I thought I'd share it here. I don't actually measure the ingredients when I make it; these amounts are a guesstimate. More for a reference. So, if you don't like how it turns out, don't shoot me. You might have to fiddle with it a little to get what you want.

Berry Green Smoothies

Ingredients (add in this order for best blending results):

1 1/2 c. 100% apple juice (no added sweetener)
1 BIG handful of spinach (doesn't really matter how much you put in -- it blends down to almost nothing)
2 small bananas, broken up
1 c. frozen sliced strawberries
1 c. frozen blueberries

Put the lid on and hit the gas! I mean, the "go" button. "Blend." Whatever.
Serves me and my two children ... so, two adults? I dunno.

Now, it's time for ... SMOOTHIE FACES!!!

Check out that green 'stache.

Hit me up with YOUR best smoothie recipes!


  1. that smoothie stache may just be the cutest thing i've seen all day.

  2. Yum! I drink green smoothies everyday too! One tip I have is to freeze your bananas. Frozen bananas have a super creamy consistency when you blend then up.

  3. I wanna eat some o that. Now.
    (This is coming off a lunch of cookies so...I REALLY want it)

  4. I'm new to the area, but I live pretty close to it too and haven't been yet. I'm planning a trip this weekend. When are the best days to go?

  5. I find that any day is good. Weekdays are better, but your best bet is to go first thing in the morning when they open at 7:30.

  6. The green mustache matches his shirt! Smoothie-on!

  7. I fill the blender with spinach, add OJ and puree the heck out of it then add strawberries, blueberries, banana, raspberries and pineapple. It's about half green half fruit and it's totally purple :)

  8. The ingredients sound delish, but I'm just too chicken to drink a green smoothie! Yep, I'm foolish!

    You and your kids are so cute!

    Thanks for commenting on my silly blog!

  9. I'm addicted to the recipe floating around on pinterest--the monster smoothie or whatever. Vanilla/plain yogurt, the container of yogurt filled up with milk, a frozen banana, a Tbs of peanut butter, and then spinach to the top. So beyond delish! I'll have to try your recipe!

  10. My all time fav is just spinach, frozen bananas and frozen peaches (maybe plain greek yogurt if it's available)

    Yum, I want one now but I am out of peaches :(


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