Ready to liven up your smoothie habit? Today I’m featuring a tropical smoothie that’s packed with greens, mango, and banana.
It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Becky Striepe’s blog, Glue & Glitter. (You may remember that I did a video interview with her last fall.) Every weekday Becky has recipe, craft, and DIY ideas, along with updates on her adorable baby, Darrol Henry. As a mom to a young child, she knows that, like her, people are busy and looking for quick and inexpensive ways to improve their lives.
Speaking of self-improvement… Although she’s not a religious person, Becky regularly gives something up for Lent. One year a friend of hers mentioned that instead of giving something up, she liked to add something to her life. At that point, Becky had been forgoing breakfast and, inspired by that idea, she decided she would use Lent as an excuse to start a morning green smoothie habit.
Armed with a $25 dollar blender, she stocked her pantry and sucked on smoothies for 40 days until it felt like a normal part of her routine.
After hearing from others who were curious about a green smoothie routine but overwhelmed at where to start or worried it would be expensive, she decided to put her smoothies (after tweaking and testing) into an eBook.
Now this 78-paged book titled 40 Days of Green Smoothies is available for just $7.99 as a PDF.
Throughout the book, Becky offers money saving tricks and time saving techniques. Best of all, each week starts with a shopping list, so that a person can easily get everything needed to make that week’s drinks. Obviously, the first week is the most expensive since there aren’t any leftover ingredients to use up; however, if you’re already making smoothies, it’s very likely that you have some of these ingredients on hand in your kitchen right now.
(Personally, I like to use the bulk spice area at our local natural food store to get chia seeds and flaxseeds. Buying them in large bags can be pricey, but when you get them in bulk as needed, the sticker shock isn’t as high. )
Becky mixes up the greens used in the smoothies throughout the four weeks. Kale, collard greens, parsley, and lettuce all make an appearance. All of the smoothies include fruit, but she keeps the fruit light. I have found that at smoothie shops, the drinks are always too sweet for me. So I like it that Becky keeps her smoothies on the milder side, using non-dairy milk as the base instead of fruit juice.
For added creaminess, the smoothies either have banana or avocado in them. For a whippy viscosity and hit of omega 3’s, she reaches for flax seed or chia seeds. (Before I got a high speed blender, I’d grind my own flaxseed and chia seeds as needed in a coffee grinder before adding them to the blender. With a Vitamix you can throw them in whole with the other smoothie ingredients, and they’re able to grind them to oblivion in a flash.)
After reading through 40 Days of Green Smoothies, I made a trip to the grocery store for frozen mangoes. Often in the winter I crave tropical fruits. If I can’t feel the warm sun on my skin, eating it in fruit form feels like the next best option. I used vanilla almond milk, but any non-dairy milk will work.
In her book, this tropical smoothie is simply referred to as #4 since that’s the day it’s meant to be enjoyed. This creamy, mild tropical smoothie goes down easily with a light amount of sweetness and a punch of green from nutrient-dense kale. All of the ingredients work deliciously well together. This tropical smoothie serves one generously, and even after drinking my fill, I had some leftover for an afternoon snack.