The Return of the Smoothie

Green smoothieAs I wrote in my last post, we are finally getting true summer temperatures here in Montana (although today it will only be in the 60s, but sunny -- my favorite kind of weather!  Now that it's super hot, I'm craving cold foods -- specifically, smoothies!

Normally I am a huge fan of all things produce -- I love fruits and vegetables!  Now that I'm pregnant, however, apparently I have turned into a vegetable hater, much to my chagrin.  Most green veggies make me gag at the moment, and it's been hard getting my daily intake of vegetables.

Enter the green smoothie!  I adore smoothies -- not only because they're tasty and super healthy, but because they are an easy way to sneak in veggies.  For those of you who are new to green smoothies, what I mean by that is a smoothie that has a green vegetable blended in, like spinach (my top choice), kale, or even a wheat grass supplement like Amazing Grass (the Amazing Grass Kidz Superfood is my favorite from their line).  If that sounds absolutely disgusting, don't worry -- as long as you don't overload your smoothie with greens, you won't be able to taste a difference.

This morning, I enjoyed my first successful green smoothie of the summer.  It was so delicious!  I've been having a little trouble getting my green smoothies to taste good, but today's was a winner.  Here's what I threw into my blender:

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1/4 skim milk

  • 1/2 cup fat free plain yogurt

  • 1 cup fresh watermelon

  • 1 banana

  • 1/2 T ground flaxseed

  • 1 handful frozen spinach (about 1 cup)

  • stevia (or other sweetener) to taste

  • 1-2 cups ice

What's your favorite smoothie recipe?

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