Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Green Smoothies-with Freeze Dried Spinach

So have you caught the green smoothie craze? My friend Kim introduced me to green smoothies a couple of years ago. (She has a great post on her blog about them.).  The idea is to eat/drink some highly nutritious foods such as spinach or Kale, along with a bunch of fruit in smoothie form. Recently I have had a ton of people at my parties talking about green smoothies.  I thought I would try them with freeze driend spinach.  I did and it turned out great.  My husband says "the tree huggers will love it"  so to all of you tree huggers out there give it a try.

One note: Lots of people making green smoothies have amazing blenders.  I on the other hand don't.  I have a Hamilton beach blender that I got for my wedding 8 year ago, and it worked just fine)
My friend Marie calls these "Shrek Smoothies" (she does not use strawberries that make it turn brown) and she says her kids LOVE them.

Green Smoothie
1 banana  (or use freeze dried, I would of but I am out until my Q ships this month)
1 cup freeze dried spinach (dry you don't need to rehydrate before)
2 cups frozen fruit (we use strawberries)
2 c hot water (the hot water helps rehydrate the spinach and to help your blender run smooth)
1 Tablespoon honey (optional)

Put all the ingredients in blender and blend well.  In my blender it takes a few minutes.  I just let the blender run until it is smooth.