Pineapple Orange Banana Green Smoothie

Pineapple Orange Banana Green Smoothie | Get Inspired Everyday!

Pineapple Orange Banana Green Smoothie | Get Inspired Everyday!

It’s been a little while since I’ve come up with a green smoothie recipe. So long in fact that I went back into the archives to see, and it turns out that the last time I posted a green smoothie was in February of this year!

Of course there’s always a reason behind everything, and in this case there’s several. First of all, I sort of fell of the green smoothie ‘wagon’ this summer, and pretty much lived on watermelon and my Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie. And secondly, I just haven’t come up with a combination that seemed worthy of writing down.

Just last week I made a green smoothie that was so bad I couldn’t even finish it! Of course we happened to have company staying with us at the time, so I felt terrible that she insisted on drinking it even though it didn’t taste very good.

I’m not quite sure what I did wrong other than putting too many different ingredients in, and going way overboard on the ginger. Then I only had mango kombucha to use for the liquid which was a big mistake because the whole thing ended up tasting like pickled ginger, (which is great with sushi, but not so much in a green smoothie). But all’s well that end’s well because in the end I came up with this smoothie, and it’s a real winner!

 

Pineapple Orange Banana Green Smoothie | Get Inspired Everyday!

This smoothie actually evolved from my Pineapple Orange Banana Smoothie which I made to satisfy my juice cravings. Pineapple Orange Banana was my favorite juice as a child, so I figured a smoothie was the perfect way to have all those flavors back in my life without all that pasteurized juice, which is essentially just sugar when it’s not fresh pressed.

Pineapple Orange Banana Green Smoothie | Get Inspired Everyday!

Since I like to try and get a serving of veggies in my smoothies when possible, I started by adding a large handful of baby spinach or kale. Then I made it dairy free by replacing the Greek yogurt with half a ripe avocado for added creaminess and healthy fats. The results are here before you, and this is one incredibly good green smoothie, (no pickled ginger flavors here!).

Pineapple Orange Banana Green Smoothie | Get Inspired Everyday!Pineapple Orange Banana Green Smoothie | Get Inspired Everyday!Pineapple Orange Banana Green Smoothie | Get Inspired Everyday!

So I guess the moral of the whole story is ‘keep it simple’ which seems to apply to pretty much everything in life! Every time I make a smoothie now, I try and make sure that I don’t add 15 different ingredients to the blender because that’s never turned out well for me yet.

Pineapple Orange Banana Green Smoothie
 
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Serves: 6-7 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cup fresh pineapple chunks, 10 ounces
  • 1 medium orange, peeled and quartered, or 3 mandarins, peeled, 8 ounces
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled
  • ½ ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 2-3 cups baby spinach or kale, 2-3 ounces, see notes
  • 2 cups chilled coconut water, or water
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender in the order listed.
  2. Secure the lid, and blend starting on low and working up to high speed.
  3. Blend until completely smooth.
  4. Serve immediately, or refrigerate and serve within 1 day.
Notes
If you're new to green smoothies, try starting with less greens and working up to your taste. After drinking them for a while you'll find yourself craving more greens in your smoothie. I use 3 cups/3 ounces in this recipe, but feel free to go with whatever tastes right to you.


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