Monday, September 2, 2013

Tropical Green Smoothie

It may be after Labor Day, but summer is not over.

I know Labor Day is considered the unofficial ending of summer, but can we just forget about that?  'Cause summer is very much still here and that's why you should make a cool, refreshing Tropical Green Smoothie and then sip it while out in the sunshine.

Don't try to tell me that it's out of season and that what I should be posting is some pumpkin thing because pumpkin is for fall and it's summer right now.  Smoothies are for summer, not pumpkin.

As you can, summer is very much still here in my mind.  I'm not accepting that it's fall until it's actually fall, and that will be on the 22nd of September.  Until then, I'm going to be throwing plenty of summer recipes at you, and they're awesome recipes so you're gonna be plenty happy.

Just forget about that pumpkin for a couple days, k?  I love pumpkin too, god knows I do, but I'm doing my best to keep it to a minimum until the actual season begins.  Buuuut maybe I'll throw in some pumpkin earlier too.  We'll see.

Back to the smoothie.  I've had a love-hate thing going on with green smoothies for a while now, I've had some really bad ones, and I've had some really great ones.  So, ya know, I was on the fence.  But that I just had to make one for myself and it was so pretty and delicious that I've decided green smoothie are my new best friend.  Plus, I just got a vitamix (!!!!!) so there's gonna be some intense smoothie making going on now.

As for this recipe, it's sweet and just slightly sour from the lemon juice.  It's got a gorgeous green color and it's super easy to make.  Here's a tip:  If you don't have a high power blender, blend the water and spinach first and then add everythign else.

Get blending!

Tropical Green Smoothie

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup frozen pinapple
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango
  • handful of fresh baby spinach
  • juice of up to 1/2 lemon (use more or less based on how sour you want it)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  If you don't have a super powerful blender, add just the water and spinach first.  Blend until the spinach is completely broken down and then add remaining ingredients.  Pour into a glass and serve right away.  Makes one serving, or two smoothie "shots".

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  1. Mmmm looks delicious! And I totally get what you mean about it not being Autumn yet, not having any of that! Adding pumpkin to certain dishes earlier - fine, but all out-Autumn at the end of Summer? Naaaaah! :P It's like the shops who start taking out christmas things the day after Halloween, too early!

    Mango in smoothies are just right! And I love how the spinach just adds colour to it :) Enjoy the last couple of weeks of Summer to the max! ;) x J

    1. I'm glad you understand. I love summer way to much to just let it go right away. Oh, and don't get me started on all the pre-mature holiday decorations. Those just make me sad.

      Anyway, thanks for stopping by!

  2. I love that you posted this! I LOVE pumpkin, but when it is still a hundred degrees out no amount of pumpkin can make it feel like fall. This looks yummy, I'll have to try it!

    1. I couldn't agree more. I'm definitely a pumpkin lover but I've still got a week or two of summer left in me. Let me know what you think if you make the smoothie.

  3. I don't think your smoothie is out of season either, SS. The fruits, maybe. But once you turn them into smoothies, you can have it at any time of the year. :D