by Liz on 04.09

We made a quick transition from fried eggs and buttered toast to smoothie breakfasts. Not a tough switch for me. When it gets warmer out, I crave fruity, light foods. However, I think Josh fancies himself some sort of lumberjack and doesn’t enjoy breakfast unless it comes with a side of heart failure.

Alas, I’m inexperienced in the smoothie realm. Fruit + pineapple juice + a spoon of Greek yogurt in a blender is the extent of my expertise. I know that means they’re probably not terrific health-wise, but have you ever heard of someone having a heart attack from some fruit and yogurt? Didn’t think so. Which means we’re doing just fine, in my book.

I hear people adding things like wheat germ and kale and spinach (to fruit smoothies? is this really a thing?), but I think maybe that’s just crazy talk. Hippies.

Anyone have any good tips or a fabulous smoothie that I must try RIGHT NOW?

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Lauren says:
Apr 9, 2012 6:04 am

Frozen fruit, orange juice, banana. I don’t like yogurt in them, but that’s just me. Did you know that they don’t seem to have frozen fruit in Scotland?!?! Maybe they think it’s cold enough here already…


Rachelle says:
Apr 9, 2012 6:33 am

I don’t know how it is in a smoothie, but I have a juicer and I usually do kale or spinach, 1 cucumber or zucchini, 2 carrots and 2 apples. Sometimes I’ll switch out a beet for 1 of the apples or toss in some berries. I think the carrots and apple tend to overpower the taste of the green stuff so it mostly tastes like fruit. My juicer was only $30 so it’s not a huge investment if you’re interested in trying it out.


Lauren says:
Apr 9, 2012 6:39 am
faith says:
Apr 9, 2012 7:28 am

put that kale in those fruit smoothies with a healthy dose of frozen fruit! you won’t taste it, promise. start with a little and slowly put in more as you get used to greens in your smoothie. also, any greens will work.


soleil says:
Apr 16, 2012 12:24 pm

Faith is right about the taste. All you taste is fruity goodness.

I tried green smoothies for the first time last year, quite dubiously I might add. But it’s so true. the fruit covers the taste of the veg, and you are packing a ton of energy boosting nutrients in with your healthy dose of fruit.

I like to make mine with kale + frozen mangoes + frozen bananas + frozen pineapples + a little bit of orange juice.


Tory says:
Apr 9, 2012 7:32 am

I usually add a handful of spinach to my smoothies, and you really can’t taste it, swearsies!


Kerry says:
Apr 9, 2012 8:46 am

My usual is: yogurt, banana, peanut butter, milk, dash of honey.


Emily says:
Apr 10, 2012 10:21 am

Mmm, yes, peanut butter in smoothies is my fave. My favorite combination: banana, strawberry, blueberry, milk/yogurt, peanut butter, maybe whey protein powder and honey. This is making me hungry.


Maggie says:
Apr 9, 2012 8:47 am

I keep feeling like we’re supposed to be eating green smoothies… but the one time I tried, it was a disaster (the kale taste was so strong, I spit it out). We usually eat homemade granola/fruit/yogurt or oatmeal w/fruit/nuts for breakfast, and like you said, maybe not *optimal*, but also not terrible.

I do throw a couple of Tbsp. of wheat germ into my oatmeal (and it’s in the granola, too) and I don’t taste it all.


Beth says:
Apr 9, 2012 8:58 am

We enjoyed watching the documentary “fat, sick and nearly dead” which prompted me to juice carrots and green apples for awhile.


Kathleen says:
Apr 9, 2012 9:35 am

Celia posed this question a while back on her blog and there were a lot of great suggestions. (I can’t really remember them all!) Ooh – and check out My New Roots. She has a great recipe or two. And spinach is great – there’s not a taste like there is with kale.


Amanda May says:
Apr 9, 2012 11:10 am

I usually do yogurt, juice, frozzen fruit and a bit of honey. Sometimes add in some kale if we have it, as long as its not wilted it blends in really well and I don’t even notice the taste. Lately, due to pregnancy, I’ve had to add in whey protein powder, so to overcome the taste of that I use frozen cranberries, greek yogurt, lemon juice, and a bi of orange or cranberry juice. Not too bad really.


Liz F says:
Apr 9, 2012 11:20 am

I’ve outed myself already as a lover of Joy the Baker. She’s got several yummy smoothies.


Kathleen says:
Apr 9, 2012 3:22 pm
Maggie says:
Apr 9, 2012 6:08 pm

Btw, have been meaning to try this recipe sometime…


nikki says:
Apr 10, 2012 10:55 am

this one is delicious! I make it all the time. and when I don’t have the extra stuff like whey and chia seeds, I just throw whatever fruit I have in the house (fresh or frozen) in the magic bullet with a couple handfuls of spinach and a splash of milk (leaving out the nut butter also takes out a lot of calories)


Colleen says:
Apr 9, 2012 11:04 pm

I typically do some fruit (fresh or frozen, depending on what we have around), Greek yogurt, milk & spinach. I swear I can’t taste the spinach. Smoothies are like a miracle-cure for my 19-month old’s sudden-onset aversion to fruit.


Katie Jane says:
Apr 12, 2012 4:47 pm

So I am one of those crazy people that puts spinach in my smoothie every morning, and I promise promise promise you won’t taste it. I put handfuls of baby spinach in, and you would never know if not for the green coloring of the smoothie. My usual is baby spinach + banana + frozen mango + frozen peach + vanilla soy milk + tiny tiny tiny splash of OJ for flavor (maybe a tablespoon). It’s sooooo good and it makes me feel good.


Jenny says:
Apr 12, 2012 7:31 pm

I’m also one of the crazies that puts spinach in fruit smoothies! My favorite is 3 cups spinach + 1 banana + 1 Tbsp. flax seed + 1/2 C. greek yogurt and a splash of whatever juice I have on hand to thin it out. I add other fruit whenever it’s in season (lately strawberries). I promise you won’t taste the spinach!


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