Well, first of all, let me say that while this smoothie is really healthy, I promise that it actually tastes good. I’ve come across way too many smoothie recipes in my short life that are beautiful and vibrant and perfectly green…but I can’t even choke them down (there was this epic fail once when I made a popular green smoothie recipe loaded with kale and spinach and lime and all I could taste was grass – like I had just mowed the lawn and inhaled all the clippings). Which is why this smoothie is brown. I know it’s not the most appealing looking smoothie on the planet, but I don’t really care what color it is as long as it is full of good-for-me-and-you-foods and is delicious enough to look forward to eating it (meaning: it doesn’t taste like grass).
A lot of times with our breakfast smoothies, we just throw stuff into the blender and hope for the best, but over the last few months, this smoothie is the one we’ve made the most (as in, it is my breakfast of choice 6 out of 7 mornings) and I finally jotted down the ingredients and amounts to make it “recipe official.”
I love that it has no added sugar but is plenty sweet from the natural fruit sugars plus it has a lot of great vitamins courtesy of the vegetables (carrots and spinach). We call this our super food smoothie and it’s basically the reason I buy bunches of bananas at a time and purposely let them ripen (to increase their sweetness) on the counter and then peel them and toss them in a freezer ziploc bag.
My kids love this smoothie, too. And I love that they love it. And we are all one big happy family humming Kumbaya while drinking our healthy smoothies in unison. Too bad the smoothie effect doesn’t last all day to prevent sibling squabbling and mommy impatience. If anyone has the recipe for those things, talk to me ASAP.
This recipe is very adaptable (just like a lot of other smoothie recipes) but I usually make it pretty close as written. Sometimes I'll sub out the carrot juice for a mango blend (I like the Bolthouse brand because they are organic and 100% juice and since I don't have a juicer, I stock up on them at Sam's Club where they are a bit more cost efficient). And other times I'll use an apple instead of a pear but otherwise it's pretty much the same makeup. The lime is my favorite part - it adds such a wonderful refreshing flavor to the smoothie! Also, if you want the smoothie a bit more ice/thick, you can add a handful of ice cubes into the mix.
- 1 cup 100% carrot juice (see note)
- 1-2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1 orange peeled
- 1/2 lime peeled
- 1 soft, ripe pear, cored and cut into quarters
- 1 to 2 handfuls fresh spinach
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen blueberries or strawberries
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth (if you have a Blendtec, it works best to combine them in the order listed - liquids at the bottom, frozen at the top).