Julia's Green Smoothie

by Loretta Bike
(Eugene, Oregon USA)

1-Package of Trader Joe's Frozen Pineapple Tidbits

2-Frozen bananas
1/2 small lime peeled (Julia likes 1 whole lime)
Handful of fresh spinach
Water

Optional
1/2 cup frozen coconut cream (our latest tweak from the Asian store)

Put all ingredients in a Vita-Mix, depending on how thick you like your smoothies, add enough water to get your blender going but not too much to make your smoothie soupy. Enjoy!

Our friend Julia shared this recipe with us and I would have never thought I would drink a smoothie with raw spinach in it. But, after trying this smoothie I got hooked and we make this smoothie about 3-5 times per week because spinach is so good in antioxidants, calcium and iron. I have tweaked it a little to our tastes, experiment with yours after trying it.

I like to use Trader Joe's Frozen Pineapple per Julia's recommendation, because it is $1.25 per package, 100% fresh pineapple with no preservatives and it makes the smoothie thicker.

Coming from Hawaii fresh pineapple is great, but most of the pineapple in the stores are green and not as tasty as the ones freshly picked off of the field. If you purchased fresh pineapple it is more expensive and why go through all the hassle of possibly getting one that is rancid or green (unless you know how to pick one out) cutting it up and paying more money as well as getting the chemicals on your skin? Unless you are a raw foodist connoisseur that needs to have everything fresh this is my speedy and economical preference. I guess if you live in a small town where you don't have a Trader Joe's or get fresh pineapple, canned pineapple would work too, but there is sugar in the syrup base.

I like to use packaged Popeye Spinach. The spinach lasts longer in your fridge and you won't have to deal with washing the dirt off of the bulk spinach.

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