I absolutely love the taste of citrus fruits and fresh green veggies. This smoothie pairs both of them together in an easy smoothie that looks as gorgeous as it tastes.
When I first started eating AIP it was really difficult for me to eat a ton of fresh veggies every day, especially since I hadn’t found a good salad dressing and I was tired of eating salad without dressing. The weather was starting to warm up so I decided to try a smoothie with all of the veggies from a salad, jus in a different form. This smoothie quickly became my favorite and my kids get mad at me when I don’t share it with them
The ingredients for this smoothie are easy to find at your local store and you can even easily grow several of them at home if you have a garden.
Pineapple juice provides a citrus and delicious liquid base. It is high in vitamin C and also has a decent amount of potassium and magnesium.
Zucchini is not a vegetable that I would have never thought of putting into a smoothie I mean, who thinks to themselves “hmmmm, I wonder what puréed zucchini tastes like?”. But I love zucchini so I figured I would try it, and I loved it! It lends a creamy texture and helps thickens smoothies but doesn’t have a strong taste to it so it is very versatile. They are low calorie, easy to find in the store or grow at home, has a large amount of trace minerals and vitamins, and is high in dietary fiber. I rinse them, chop the ends off and toss it into my blender
Cucumbers are great for rehydrating. They also fight inflammation and are high in Vitamin C, A, K and B5. The seeds also help fight digestive issues so they are perfect to toss into your blender. I rinse and then peel them before blending. Normally when I eat them, I leave the skins on, but I have found in smoothies that the skins creates a bitter and strong taste.
Frozen mango is next. I absolutely love mango! It has such a fresh taste and pairs well with leafy greens. Mango is high in potassium and vitamins A and C. It is fiberous and also helps to lower cholesterol.
Spinach has been added to smoothies for quite awhile now, that’s nothing new. Dark leafy greens are such a great source of fiber, high in vitamin K, have more protein than most vegetables, and help protect the mucus membrane lining of your stomach. So if you struggle with ulcers, acid reflux, or GERD; be sure and add spinach into your diet.
I love to have a little texture to my smoothie, so I add coconut flakes (unsweetened of course) at the end. If you don’t like coconut or cannot tolerate it, you can easily omit it. The coconut adds extra calories and healthy fat so I like to add it in, especially on days when I am not feeling like eating much.
Once you have your ingredients assembled, it’s time to get out the blender. I put in the pineapple juice, then frozen mango, followed by the spinach. Next comes the zucchini and the peeled cucumber. Finally I add 4-5 ice cubes and then put on the lid. Always put the lid on before you put the blender on the base. If you’ve ever had to clean up a blended mess that covered your cupboards and ceiling, you won’t make that mistake again!
My Vitamix blender has Bluetooth capability and I have an app on my phone so it easily blends itself on the smoothie setting.
If you just have a regular blender, blend for about 55 seconds on the highest setting using the tamper as needed until you get a smooth and creamy texture.
Once the smoothie is at the texture texture I like, I sprinkle in the coconut flakes and then blend on low for about 5-10 seconds. Basically, just long enough to mix the coconut in, but not long enough to start making the coconut shreds get blended into smaller pieces.
Pour the smoothie into two pint jars, if you are sharing it. Or into one larger cup. I use a quart sized canning jar and it fits perfectly.
I hope that you enjoy this gorgeous smoothie as much as I do!
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