Our New Favorite Green Smoothie the Video

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GreenSmoothie

I told you. Once we made our first Green Smoothie there would be others. This one was inspired by Mo in the comments.

We actually recorded this on Friday but I had a TON of technical difficulty with the video. You’ll have to excuse the abrupt stop at the end. It was all I could salvage.

Recipe Below the video…

Here’s what we did… Our New Favorite Green Smoothie the Video

  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups of raw spinach (57g)
  • 1/2 tbsp honey (10g)
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of non-fat yogurt
  • 10 ice cubes (57g)

Place all ingredients in a blender or magic bullet except for the ice.

Blend until liquified. It may take some work as there is no liquid. If using the bullet just pick it up and shake it a few times. In the blender you may have to stop it now and then to stir. Once liquified add the ice and blend until smooth.

Convince child that green is GOOD! ;)

Our New Favorite Green Smoothie the Video - the kid

Weight Watcher point update. I had a chance to talk to a leader who said “do NOT add the free fruits and veggies when calculating PointsPlus. Sooo I only counted the honey and yogurt making this 2 PointsPlus. If you use the Nutritional Information it comes out to 5.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 entire recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
185 1g 4g old: 3 new: 2
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
28g 0g 42g 7g
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  1. chris

    This is really a very exciting string for me. I love the energy and enthusiasm everyone brings.

    I feel the need to clarify a couple of things. My main goal/interest is to be as knowledgeable as I can about diet/nutrition. I did mention in my first post response that there is a ton of conflicting and misinformation out there and navigating through it can be difficult.

    I do not consider myself to be a shrew. I do not have a “perfect” diet. I have indulgences regularly. I ate a steak last week. I ate sweet potato fries with a salad for dinner one night…… My point was, I am aware of what I am eating. I call a spade a spade.

    Because I think that a banana, milk, peanutbutter smoothie is not the “best” choice doesn’t mean I won’t drink it. It just means I tell myself it is an indulgence and I could do better…..

    Green Lite Bites is not just some blog for foodies right? It is about “adventures in healthy eating”. I know that current conventional wisdom around food and health is constanly evolving. I am looking for the best information I can find to help me to make choices. I don’t always expect that I will make the best choices. I don’t even think I need to, but I do want to know what they are.

    I have learned a ton from a medical librarian’s blog. She is all about the science/research behind food/nutrition. First I thought soy was good for you, then I read it wasn’t…..I did not know what to think until I read her posting about it. This applies to so many things.

    I highly encourage people to check out her site. link to happyhealthylonglife.com

    Her posts are kinda long, but worth the time.

    Whether or not you think I’m a shrew and should stfu, I am happy about each and every person who comes to your site Roni because they are trying to make their lives better. Every step, big or small is a step.

    I wish everyone on the “food journey” peace and strength.

    :)

  2. Liz

    I made a green smoothie this morning and it was delicious! I have trouble eating breakfast and I think this will be a great solution. If people are getting stuck on the color, I put frozen mixed berries in mine and it turned it a brownish color and it kind of looks like chocolate.

    Thanks Roni!

  3. Brandy Jo

    Oh my gosh Roni! This smoothie is soooo delicious!! Even my 3 year old loves it!! I had to tell him it was a “Scooby Snack” because of the color but after he took the 1st drink he kept coming back for more!! THANK YOU!!!!

  4. NYCPatty

    Love this quote from you: “I just want to maximize the “good” while enjoying the “bad” without guilt”

    Words to live by indeed! I may just have to quote you on this when I write my 2 year weight loss anniversary post on Friday. I have no idea where I’m going with the post but this will fit right in!

    Great Smoothie!
    Ryan cracks me up! I love him in the videos with you!

  5. Jessamyn

    Those look delicious! I’ve been making green smoothies for a long time, but I absolutely LOVED watching this video- it definitely made my maternal clock start ticking. I can’t wait to make smoothies with my kids :)

  6. Angela

    Just tried this and it was surprisingly good. Mine did have a spinachy after taste, but I’m wondering if it’s the spinach I am using. I only had regular spinach which tends to have a much stronger flavor than baby spinach. I’m excited to try this again using baby spinach or less of the regular spinach.

  7. Amy Hathcock

    Thanks for sharing Roni!! I was a little leery of trying it because my smoothies are usually only made with fruit but I LOVE it. Genius! Also, it was fun to see the Magic Bullet in action. I’ve wondered about it.

  8. Suzanne

    I made the smoothie on Saturday. My husband and son doubted that I would drink it because I don’t do veggies! We split it in thirds and I drank all of mine! I thought it left a slight after taste and it wasn’t very flavorful so next time I will add another banana. Notice I said “next time!!”. Yes, I didn’t find it awful! Since I don’t eat veggies I might have found a way to get them down! Thanks.

    My blender (500 watts) had a difficult time getting the spinach liquified. It probably took more than 10 minutes. Sz

  9. Lindsey

    I tried this and being a smoothie novice without a “great” blender, I had some issues getting it to liquefy. I foolishly was stirring with the handle of a wooden spoon and at first thought that my blades weren’t moving b/c there was no progress so I ended up clipping the spoon with the blender as it was just about to stop spinning. So I also had some wood chunks in mine (picked out). :)

    It was very good. I added some fresh raspberries, the pretty color gets muddied, but I’ve always loved the taste of raspberries over banana. When I tried it at first, it seemed too sweet, so I added some grapefruit sections as well. I may just do without the honey next time and keep using very ripe bananas.

  10. Carmen

    I so want to try this! Can I use 100% pure maple syrup instead of honey? I don’t have any honey. Thanks!

  11. Juanita

    Hi Roni!
    I just found your wonderful blog!! I’ve been an off and on, got preggo and breastfeeding WW’er. LOL. Getting back on and wanted a “green” smoothie for the mornings. Sorry for rambling, back on track.

    Question: Do you think I could prepare this the night before? Or at least the part without the ice cubes? I run short on time in the morning.
    Thanks!!

  12. roni

    Yikes… I’m not sure. My gut says no. What I’d do is have all the ingredients prepped the night before and then just toss in the blender. I’m a fresh smoothie type of girl.

  13. Sherry

    Roni,
    Would this recipe work if I used frozen blueberries instead of ice? We never keep ice in our freezer (no room for the trays!). Would about 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of berries be the correct amount?

    I’m trying to eat more greens, and I am so glad you have these smoothie recipes. I am getting sick of salads , even though I love them.

    Thank you so much-
    Sherry

  14. Sherry

    Thank you so much, Roni! I will give it a try and post afterwards. I will probably use Trader Joe’s 0% plain Greek yogurt since I just bought a big container of it. I’m glad they’re selling it in a larger size now.

    Sherry

  15. Laura

    You just made me a green smoothie believer. It was delicious! I added a little milk to help with the blending process. Thanks!

  16. sixtyfive

    I don’t keep ice cubes on hand as a rule either (took ice maker out of freezer to make more space). But I sometimes will freeze some almond milk in cubes and keep in a freezer bag to use for thickening smoothies. Similarly, you can peel and cut up bananas that are starting to get too ripe and use the chunks in smoothies. Either way you get the thickening effect without diluting.

  17. Rachel

    This was fantastic! I had to make two batches because my family drank the first. Also, I’ve noticed that the older the banana, the better the smoothie. Thanks so much for the idea!

  18. Cassandra Bishop

    This looks so yummy! You have so many green smoothies to choose from. I think this will be my first one though. I have 1/2 bag of spinach I need to use up before it goes bad. You have a ton of great recipes with Spinach!

  19. Lauren

    Just made MY first green smoothie! :) Except I think I need to use the blender next time. I was trying to be quiet about it since DH was sleeping, so I used my old “baby food processor”. Same idea as the bullet, but I guess not as strong, because it wouldn’t chop the ice cubes. I also cut the ingredients in half, since the thing is smaller. It was still really good, but I think DS might like it better if the ice cubes were all mixed in and no spinach specks. :) Going to try adding a 1/2 scoop of protein powder next time. Thanks!

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