I’ve really been working on branching out on my smoothies lately because I find myself using some of the same fruits and veggies over and over again. This one happened mostly by chance, and by chance I mean a happy accident of what I happened to have in the fridge. And I could’ve never predicted how much I would love this semi-strange combination of ingredients!
It all started with a container of chopped cilantro I had leftover from making these Sheet Pan Fajita Meal Prep bowls. I was looking around the fridge for something interesting to add to my green smoothie, and decided to give the cilantro a go. It really turned out to be a great combination with the pineapple and mandarin flavors.
Then I added a touch of vanilla and coconut water which really rounds out the edges. To boost things a little, I added collagen for protein, and Hawaiian spirulina for extra vitamins and minerals. (As a side note, I only recommend Hawaiian spirulina for it’s fruity flavor, other types I’ve tried have both a fishy odor and taste, which is terrible in a green smoothie.)
And what started off as just your average green smoothie, suddenly had a line-up of ingredients I would consider as dubious at best. However, let me assure you it tastes fruity and sweet, despite the very deep green color. It’s also been husband tested and approved, so I think we’re on even footing here after all!
Tip: If you’re using all fresh fruit, you’ll want to add some ice cubes. But I often have frozen pineapple that I add instead of the ice cubes, which is both convenient, and packs a bit more flavor.
This smoothie starts off more of a light green, but as it sits over the next 30 minutes or so, the Hawaiian spirulina makes it a dark green color.
I like to use fresh coconut water for this recipe. But since it’s not always readily available, (or very affordable) I also use the liquid from a can of coconut milk sometimes too. It’s actually the perfect way to use up the leftover liquid from making Homemade Coconut Whipped Cream.
Anyways, I hope you won’t take one look at the ingredients in this recipe and run away, because this one is really good. So good in fact, I’ve been making it every single day for 2 weeks now and loving it!
- 1½ cup cups chopped pineapple, fresh or frozen, 10 ounces
- 1-2 mandarin oranges, 4 ounces
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1½ Teaspoons Hawaiian spirulina powder
- 2-3 Tablespoons collagen
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups baby spinach, 2 ounces
- 1 cup cilantro, lightly packed, ½ ounce
- 1-2 cups ice cubes, optional
- For the mandarin oranges, peel them reserving one small piece of the rind, about 1"x1" to add to the smoothie for extra orange flavor.
- Place all the ingredients into a blender in the order listed.
- Blend until smooth, and serve immediately for best flavor and nutrition.
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