I am a bit of a creature of habit, at least when it comes to my food choices. Though this blog has made me a bit more creative with dinner recipes, I still make the same smoothie for breakfast almost every morning. It’s delicious; don’t mess with it.
Fortunately for me, my sister’s refrigerator stopped working last week. That meant I needed to deliver a friend’s mini-fridge to carry them through the week until repairs could be made. It was breakfast time, and Sister asked me to help her make one of my smoothies. She had spinach and bananas, but no frozen berries, so we had to come up with a new recipe using the going-to-spoil-soon produce she had lying around the kitchen. It worked! Sister generously shared, and it was delish. Here it is, along with another smoothie her experimenting inspired:
2 cups spinach (less than I usually use, but it was all she had left, and it helps to try new recipes with less green)
1.5 cups water
1 large Clementine, peeled and separated into chunks
Blend the spinach with the water until smooth. Add the banana and the Clementine, separately and in chunks. Blend!
4 cups spinach
2 – 2.5 cups water
3 big spoons full of my leftover fruit salad (apple, banana, strawberry, Minneola/tangelo)
a few frozen berries (what was left in the open bag)
Follow the instructions for Sister Smoothie, blending in stages. This smoothie was more tart because there is much less banana in it (probably ¼ of a banana total), and super delicious.
A note about greens – There is some debate about whether one needs to “rotate greens.” Some believe that eating a bunch of the same leafy greens every day will cause a build-up over time to a level that will make you sick, and that people should therefore rotate at least weekly, switching from spinach to kale to chard, etc. I’m pretty lazy about rotating greens (shocker), and spinach is my favorite for smoothies. I’ve never experienced any ill effects, but you might want to look into this yourself if you start making smoothies every day.