As we near the end of the citrus season, every bag of clementines purchased is a gamble. Will they be juicy and sweet? Will they be tough and flavorless?
Every good purchase gives me confidence to make another. But that fateful day will come. And then, you’ll need a way to get rid of those grainy clementines. Or oranges. Or tangerines.
Smoothies (and soups) are an excellent way to quickly get rid of produce and other food that hasn’t met your expectations. Combining multiple flavors can often mask the lower quality ingredients. Now in this case, the clementines I have on hand are still quite tasty. But the flavor of this smoothie wouldn’t have been hampered if they weren’t.
Spinach and Citrus Smoothie
1 cup orange juice
1 container of yogurt of your choice – I used Nosa Blood Orange yogurt
1-3 peeled clementines
1 handful of spinach – about a cup
1 handful of ice
- Put the ingredients in a blender with the ice on top.
- Blend starting on low and slowly increase speed until smoothie reaches desired consistency.
I shared my smoothie with one of my kids. He agreed with me that it was quite tasty and refreshing! As he heads back to school after spring break, he will have all the ingredients he needs to make this himself!
To say I love spinach is a gross understatement. I think spinach is the greatest food ever. I once offered my children $20 each to just try it. True story.
It’s not just my kids who I want to get to love spinach. It’s you too! So I’m going to give you a few recipes that use spinach for you to try, including the first smoothie with spinach I made that started it all for me.
If you don’t see anything here you like, feel free to search my blog for more recipes. The search box is over on the right and it does a pretty nice job!
First up! White Bean, Spinach and Basil Hummus. Traditional hummus with chick peas is great, but this is a pretty tasty variation that I think you’ll like. You can use chick peas if you aren’t a fan of white beans.
This Roasted Garlic Soup with Chicken and Spinach was really tasty. Once you get the garlic roasted, you can throw the whole lot in the slow cooker to simmer all day. Your house will smell heavenly!
And this little gem, my Blueberry Spinach Smoothie that started my love affair with spinach and fruit smoothies is my last offering of the day. My kids actually love having spinach in their smoothies. The nice thing about the combination of blueberries and spinach is that the color isn’t weird. The blueberry color pretty much dominates so if you need to sneak the spinach in, you will probably get away with it.
What interesting spinach recipes do you have? Please share them in the comments!
I am really enjoying combining lots of fruits and veggies to make some very healthy smoothies. And the greener the better! Today, I decided to leave out the yogurt (or almond milk) and make some juice instead of a smoothie.
How Green is my Juicy? (2 – 10 oz servings)
1/2 green apple
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
1 stalk of celery
Big handful of spinach
1/2 cup water
1. Combine the ingredients in your blender in the order listed.
2. Start blending on low and increase speed until you have some juice.
Making juice in a blender isn’t going to give you the same texture juice you get in a juicer. It’s going to be thicker, but it will be very tasty.
Feel free to add some ginger or lemon grass to jazz this up a bit.