For the past weeks I’ve been replacing most of my morning breakfasts (and coffee) with fresh smoothies. A few days ago, I found this recipe with spinach. Have to say, I’ve been skeptical about spinach in my smoothies, but since this is the year of changes… I’m up for it! Surprisingly… this smoothie does not taste bitter like spinach. The tangerine and orange juice do a great job masking the strong flavor.
Don’t get me wrong, I love spinach, but in savory dishes or salads… not sweet smoothies! But, this is just perfect. The tanginess of the blueberries paired with the juices make this smoothie a perfect match for a tough morning. After taking these smoothies, I’ve found no need of having a cup of coffee so early in the day. They keep me satisfied throughout the morning (and I am drinking more water than usual… yay!). I had a little mishap with the blender. The pitcher was starting to crack, so it leaked and I couldn’t blend it all the way to the consistency that I wanted: without all the bits and pieces you see in the photo. But, turned out great nonetheless. I’ve made it a few more times and with a new pitcher all is well again. The secret is to blend the spinach with the juice first, then the tangerines (as they have quite some juice in them) and lastly adding the blueberries. You could add ice, but since I am using frozen blueberries there was no need.
Don’t give the leafy greens the bad eye, give this Blueberry, Tangerine and Spinach Smoothie a chance!
Blueberry, Tangerine & Spinach Smoothie
Recipe by Almost Raw Vegan
Yields 2 big glasses
1 cup of orange juice
1 handful of spinach
½ cup of frozen blueberries
2 tangerines, peeled with seeds removed
- Add spinach and orange juice to the blender. Blend on low speed and gradually increase speed until smooth.
- When the spinach is smooth, add the tangerine sections and blend.
- Add the frozen blueberries and blend, until smooth.
- Serve one of the drinks, and save the rest for later!
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