Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Vegetable for Breakfast

This morning, I woke up early and tried something new! I made a strawberry and banana smoothie with spinach. I have heard that you cannot taste the spinach when adding it to a fruit smoothie, so I decided to give it a try.

I was a little nervous to try the drink once it was made. It didn't help that when I raised the glass to my mouth, the voice in my head kept shouting "spinach, spinach, spinach"! The smoothie was speckled with red and green dots. It didn't look like something I would want to drink, but I tried it.

Much to my surprise, the smoothie was delicious! Spinach in a smoothie is a great way to sneak in a serving of vegetables. I had a vegetable for breakfast and I didn't even taste it!

Here is the recipe I threw together this morning:

6 medium strawberries (tops removed)
1 small banana
1-4 oz. Activia Yogurt (vanilla)
1 handful baby spinach
1/2 cup crushed ice

One of the best things about the smoothie, aside from the taste, was that it's only about 200 calories. The worst part about making a smoothie for breakfast, however, is the clean up. Well worth the effort, though! I felt great for having 2 servings of fruit and 1 serving of vegetables out of the way, all before 7:00 a.m.!

Have you ever made a smoothie before? What's your favorite kind?
I think I may try peanut butter in my next smoothie. Peanut butter and banana sounds good right about now!


  1. I just started making a spinach smoothie too. I make mine with pineapple and a banana. I was shocked at how good it was and happy to add some veggies to my day as well!

  2. I learned this trick a long time ago and always make my smoothies this way. I keep telling people about it and they just look grossed out when they hear spinach even though I assure them you can't taste it.

  3. I have a really stupid question because I can never get my smoothies to turn out with the right consistency, do you all throw in frozen fruit or ice? I'm definately going to have to try the spinach trick because I am not a veggie fan.

    1. Thanks for the reminder! I did use ice. I will update the post with this addition. I added about a half cup of crushed ice.

  4. I make a smoothie usually with fruit, skim milk and stevia sometimes adding spinach too. It's pretty good. I make it in my magic bullet which is pretty easy clean up. I just make sure to rinse it out right away!

  5. If you make a peanut butter banana smoothie, add cinnamon to it!