Thoughts By Natalie

pineapple mango green smoothie.

Growing up, I was a Jamba Juice girl. Every time I went to the airport with my family, or hung out with friends on the weekends, Jamba Juice seemed to be involved. Aloha pineapple, anyone?

Unfortunately, after a short bout of employment with Jamba, I became painfully aware of just how unhealthy all of my favorite smoothies were. Thus, I started making smoothies at home and eventually fell in love with green smoothies. They aren’t really anything fancy or special—just your favorite smoothie with greens added for extra nutrients and a funny color :)

I find spinach and kale to be the best in fruit smoothies. You can’t taste spinach at all, but kale definitely leaves a hint of a taste, so I’d only use it if you’re someone who also eats a lot of greens and is used to it. If you do go with kale, make sure to remove the stems before blending, as they have a bitter taste. Also—I just recently started adding some raw almonds and oats to my smoothies for texture and extra nutrients. It really does add body to the smoothie, as well as make it more satisfying.

Now, without further ado, I give you a fairly rough recipe for my latest favorite, which, now that I think about it, is slightly reminiscent of my Aloha Pineapple days…

1 banana
Handful of greens (your choice)
Frozen pineapple (about 1/4-1/2 cup)
Frozen mango (about 1/4-1/2 cup)
Unsweetened soy milk (at least 8oz)
1/8 cup raw almonds (optional)
1/4 cup raw oats (optional)

Put all ingredients into the blender and blend, adding more liquid if necessary based on the consistency you like.

Do you make smoothies at home? What’s your favorite kind?

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