I did it! I FINALLY tried the green smoothie rage that seems to be sweeping the blogosphere. Many have suggested it to me in the past. So many I can't even list them all but it was Wendy's recent comment on my Orange Creamsicle Smoothie idea that finally called me into action.
Roni-have you ever added fresh or frozen spinach to a smoothie like this one? I find that the spinach does not alter the flavor of the smoothie but it adds unbelievable nutritional power. Of course, it does change the color of the smoothie! And for sweetness, I add a big date or two (without the pit of course) and holy cow . . . so good. Dates are so incredibly sweet and I feel good that I am eating a whole food that nature made.
What really grabbed me in this comment was the use of dates to sweeten. Confession time.... I never buy dates. I don't eat dates. I didn't grow up with dates. They are just one of those things that I'm unfamiliar with and intimated by. But when I saw them in the produce department, I thought of Wendy's comment and figured, why not? I love the idea of a natural way to add sweetness without white sugar or even honey, which I'm not the biggest fan of in smoothies.
When I opened the package of dates I was unimpressed. They smelled smokey to me and I wasn't sure how it would taste in the smoothie but I forged on. Or should I say, we...
Little man was SO not into the idea of a green smoothie but as you can see he helped all the same and I knew he would be open to taking a sip. He always is, especially when I involve him in the making process. So I grabbed a straw, tried it myself (pleasantly surprised) and he just HAD to try it. 😉
I wish I caught his expression because it was priceless. He face lit up, eyes went wide and he said, "MMMmm this is GOOD! Can I get my own straw?"
We ended up sharing it all morning. It really was delicious. One date did wonders to the flavor and there wasn't even a HINT of spinach. We used clementines because we have so many but an orange would work or any fruit for that matter. That's why I'm calling this "Our First" I have a feeling I'll be making some other fun green smoothie concoctions in the future. 🙂
Here's how we made our clementine based one...
- 1 dried date, pit removed
- 2 clementines peeled
- 1 cup of raw spinach (30g)
- ¼ cup of unsweetened non-fat yogurt (52g)
- 10 ice cubes
Put the date, clementines, spinach and yogurt in your blender first with no ice. My bullet worked perfectly for this with no liquid, as soon as the blades hit the clementines.. BAM the who thing came together.
Blend until smooth.
Once it's smooth, add the ice cubes and blend again.
Pour into a pretty glass and enjoy!
Nutritionally the date did bump up the sugar contents of the smoothie but over all this recipe was given almost 5 stars for optimal health according to NutritionData.com. They said,
This food is low in Sodium, and very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Folate, Calcium, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K.
Sounds like a great was to start my day! 🙂
Note: I'm getting REAL confused with the New Weight Watcher point Plus, when I do the nutritional info and calculate it comes out to 5 when I use the recipe builder it's 3, I think, I'm still learning.
Our First Green Smoothie: Clementine
- 1 dried date pit removed
- 2 clementines peeled
- 1 cup of raw spinach 30g
- ¼ cup of unsweetened non-fat yogurt 52g
- 10 ice cubes
- Put the date, clementines, spinach and yogurt in your blender first with no ice. My bullet worked perfectly for this with no liquid, as soon as the blades hit the clementines.. BAM the who thing came together.1 dried date, 2 clementines peeled, 1 cup of raw spinach, ¼ cup of unsweetened non-fat yogurt
- Blend until smooth.
- Once it's smooth, add the ice cubes and blend again.10 ice cubes
- Pour into a pretty glass and enjoy!