One of my favorite parts about being at the shore with my family (we go down to Ocean City, New Jersey a few times a year) is my morning routine: a run by the ocean followed by green smoothies from the Bashful Banana. I love the feeling of indulgence they bring – that’s right, they’re green but sweet and delicious, no “green” flavor whatsoever – without the guilt. In fact, a lot of the options at the restaurant make eating healthy on vacation simple and enjoyable. But, that’s besides the point.
I started thinking about it and realized there was no reason I couldn’t make them at home. I asked for a blender for Christmas and was given the Ninja Professional. Let me tell you, I am in love. I’ve started experimenting and will be sharing recipes as I go. To make it more doable (I know the cost of fresh fruits and veggies can be hard to come by), John and I have signed up for a local CSA (Strites’ Orchard for those interested) this year, with fresh veggies and fruit delivered each week starting in May. I cannot wait!
Anyway, here is the recipe for my first green smoothie, even the husband gave it his approval (when something is green, that’s a big deal!).
Banana Strawberry Sunrise
- 1/4 cup fresh pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup pineapple chunks
- 5 large strawberries
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 cup fresh spinach
- 2 baby carrots
- 3 ice cubes
- Add all ingredients to blender and blend to desired consistency.
Note: This makes two 8-ounce servings. I keep one in the fridge to drink the next morning.
It really is good, give it a try for a morning boost!