10 October 2014

Green Mango and Spinach Smoothie

 

I cracked it, I made a green smoothie that Cooper likes. YAY!!!

The last time I tried to persuade him he would love one by calling it Stegosaurus Smoothie and it had limited success. He did try it, but didn't get much further than that. It's a shame really as that is one of my absolute favourite smoothies.



This time, I had a tray of ripe mangoes, but I wanted to add some green in there, so I added spinach. I know, I use a lot of spinach, but it's great stuff and so good for you. This time I added a cube of frozen spinach to my smoothie. I also added half a ripe avocado to add a creaminess to it.

Of course I whizzed up my smoothie in my Optimum 9400. I'm sure you're sick of hearing about it by now, but if you're interested in getting one yourself remember to use my link and the voucher code "Special Ambassador Offer" to receive an extra 2 years warranty free.

So this time he loved the smoothie. How did I do it? Well I poured it into his metal dinosaur drinking bottle and popped it in the fridge. I told him it was there and he just kept popping into the fridge to have some. Of course I shouldn't congratulate myself too much, he couldn't actually see it was green. 

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Green Mango and Spinach Smoothie
A frothy green smoothie, with a fruity flavour and a creamy texture.
Ingredients
  • 2 mangoes, all the flesh and juice
  • 2 apples
  • 1 banana
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1 cube frozen spinach or a large handful of fresh spinach
  • 1 heaped tsp baobab powder (optional)
  • 500ml orange juice
Instructions
1. Prepare the fruit. If you don't have a powerful blender like mine, cut the fruit into small pieces and use fresh spinach as the frozen spinach may kill the motor.2. Add the fruit to a blender with the baobab powder and the orange juice and whizz until smooth and well blended.3. Pour, add a straw and enjoy!
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Yield: serves 4-6


photo: Food to Glow

Here are a few more delicious smoothies for you to try:




Disclosure: I was sent an Optimum 9400 to review. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own. 

30 comments:

  1. wowzers... look at that colour, how could you not love that? I adore all the ingredients too... sneaking in the spinach... love it!

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  2. WOW! Just the colour of this makes me feel all reminiscent of the long summer days! Great pictures and post Jacki.

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    1. Thanks Nicole and anything that reminds us of Summer has to be good.

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  3. This looks so good. I think adding avocado is a great idea for giving it a creamy texture, I will be using that tip for sure. Thanks.

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    1. Avocado is great in smoothies and so good for you.

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  4. Wow, that is very very green. The pink straw looks fab against it too!

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    1. I know It's super green. I wonder if the frozen spinach keeps it's colour better.

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  5. Just love the colour of that smoothie Jac - I want one. Perhaps Cooper will let me have his?

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    1. I'm sure he'd be willing to share Choclette :)

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  6. Clever you putting the offending greenness into a metal bottle! Love your ingenuity and love this smoothie. I tend not to put avocados in my smoothies because then that means I wouldn't (calorie-wise) be able to eat them on toast.And I can't not do that! But for reluctant smoothie slurpers the nutrition and texture bonus is great. Oh, and thanks for linking to my recipe. Much appreciated :-)

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    1. I maybe should think about the calories more. I never think about them in fruit and veg, maybe that iss part of my downfall. Avocado on toast sounds divine. I do love avocado.

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  7. Great idea! Really like how it looks!

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  8. Look at the colour. Beautiful. I love the combination too.

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  9. Ha ha good trick! Must remember that one :-))) This is a great one for Halloween too - stunning colour and super healthy!

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    1. Ahhhh you are so right Ren, perfect for Hallowe'en :)

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  10. Believe it or not I hadn't thought about hiding the smoothie in a flask, and this may just be the very solution to getting my monsters to finally drink a green smoothie! Sounds a lovely combo too Jac, so going to try!

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    1. Go try it, hide it in a metal bottle and call it juice :)

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  11. I love the colour of this smoothie, so vibrant and fresh.So glad cooper enjoyed it.

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  12. I often put spinach or kale into my juices! Might add avocado next time for creaminess.

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    1. I've bought some kale today to put in a smoothie Heidi, but that will be my first try of it.

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  13. Very clever putting it into his drinks bottle! I don't often add avo to my smoothies - but I will now. And I have the same drinking glasses as you (well, one left. Gravity hits pretty hard around here and we've smashed the other three...)

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    1. Yes, it's a bit like that here too. Some die in the dishwasher and alas I am rather clumsy.

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  14. Haha I love the story about putting it in a metal bottle so you can't see the color to get Cooper to drink it! Since it works for your little one, I think I have to try it on my husband to get him to like green juices... :)

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    1. Haha, good idea Tina. Think it will work? It definitely works for Cooper. I gave him some green smoothie in a mini milk bottle with a stripey paper straw yesterday and it was super tasty, but he only had a few sips and was done. Back to his metal bottle I think.

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  15. I actually struggle with green smoothies myself.... but love mango....

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    1. Maybe this is the one for you then Sally :)

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