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My feelings about smoothies have completely changed since my mom bought me a Vitamix.
It used to be that I didn’t like smoothies very much at all. My cheapo blenders wouldn’t blend ice all the way, and berry seeds always specked the smoothie and got stuck in my teeth. Plus blenders are hard to clean. So I just didn’t usually bother.
But once Mom got me the Vitamix, it changed. Problems solved! Now I can crush ice, demolish seeds, and have perfect smoothies and sauces all the time. My kids love smoothies, so I make them often, and freeze any extra in popsicle molds.
I plucked this delicious recipe from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures for the Secret Recipe Club this month. Renee is a stay-at-home mom to three children, a wife of more than 20 years, and a weight-loss success story! She focuses on healthy recipes that fall in line with the Weight Watchers style of eating, sharing points values for most. Good stuff!
I was drooling over these Buttermilk Biscuits, and will definitely give them a try soon, but I settled quickly on Renee’s green smoothie. It combines some of my favorite flavors like pineapple, coconut, and banana with the nutrition punch of spinach for a great snack or breakfast.
I used coconut milk instead of water, because I had it on hand, although I tried to use mostly the watery part of the can. Especially if you’re going to drink this for breakfast, the fatty coconut milk will help keep you full. Bonus: coconut milk has fiber, potassium, iron, and calcium – a great start to your day, especially alongside iron-rich spinach.
Most of the smoothie I ended up freezing in popsicle molds for my kids. We’ll see if they can get past the green color. I am pretty sure at least my boys will gobble them up!