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tropical green smoothies

April 30, 2014

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My first green smoothie was a disaster.

I was buoyed by the giddy excitement that comes with buying a brand new high speed blender, thrilled by the prospect of being able to make whole juices. I threw a medley of mostly good vegetables into the jug, added a splash of water and let the machine roar to life.

Two gulps in and we quickly realised that it was, perhaps, a little chunky with a bit too much green and not quite enough smoothie. I strained it through a nut bag, gulped the offending liquid down and promised to try again the next day.

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It needed to work, this smoothie-in-the-morning thing. Partly because I’d shelled out more for the blender than we had for our dishwasher and partly because, well, breakfast.

I’m a terrible morning eater, often taking my first bites somewhere around midday. It’s a problem I’ve had for the last decade or so, one that stemmed from a handful of health issues and a bad sleeping-in-until-it’s-actually-too-late-for-breakfast habit. Top of my list of resolutions for the year (sitting snugly under “Get through year, whilst breathing”) was to slowly reinstate a breakfast habit. One that my tastebuds would rejoice in and one my body would accept.

It’s not hard to drink a smoothie in the morning. A big mug helps, as does a spot on the table next to your laptop to put it on, though recently I’ve started trying something a little different. Glass in hand, I’ll pop myself down in a spot near a window and look. Phone free. Off line. Tasting the fruit and vegetables I’m consuming, noticing the world go past.

Breathing.

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This particular smoothie has been breakfast all week – the direct result of Koji bringing a big bag of frozen mango cubes home with him from the shops. It takes me all of 2 minutes to make and clean up each morning, whilst half asleep, and leaves me with enough in my belly to last until a more solid snack at 11am.

(This particular morning, it took my five minutes, due to my one handed selfie snapping and the extra bowls and tubs I used in the photos. My morning state didn’t quite contain the sufficient amount of care to pull a larger camera out, but I figure this will do for now).

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The recipe calls for frozen fruit, something I keep a huge supply of in my freezer to make this whole breakfast malarkey a bit easier on me. Every second weekend or so, we’ll head to the local markets and pick up some fresh fruit. Once home, it gets chopped up and put in snap lock bags in the freezer for easy access on rushed mornings. At the moment, we have pineapple (three for just $5!), figs, grapes and a heap of slightly sad looking bananas, as well as a bag of frozen mango we purchased from the shops and the crumbs of a bag of raspberries we bought some time ago.

If you don’t have frozen fruit, use the same quantities of fresh fruit (it will take a bit longer to make) and add some ice cubes in place of about half the water.

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tropical green smoothies
Recipe type: drink
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • ½ tsp - 1 tsp grated fresh or frozen turmeric
  • 1 big handful of baby spinach leaves
  • 200ml water
How to make it
  1. Put the mango and pineapple chunks in the bottom of the blender, followed by the grated turmeric root and the baby spinach leaves.
  2. Add water, place the lid on and blend at a high speed for 30 seconds, or until the everything has been broken down and is smooth. If your blender is struggling to smooth it all out, add a splash more water to get things going.
  3. Consume immediately.

 

 


  • #1
    April 30th, 2014

    Hey Sheryl – absolutely LOVE this. I’ve been going on the green juicing/smoothie-ing and take the initial “green blobbiness” impression aside, it’s actually really grown on me!! I basically feel crap if I go off the routine now!! Love your recipe! 🙂

  • #2
    Sally-Ann
    May 1st, 2014

    Love this! Sounds like a green smoothie I’d actually enjoy. Also love that your taking the time to pause and watch the world wake up in the morning. xx

  • #3
    May 1st, 2014

    Hey Sheryl Your blog is interesting. I love to read it,.

  • #4
    May 2nd, 2014

    Sleeping in? What the hell is that! It has been almost four years for me… 🙂

    May I suggest a little avocado in there, you’ll love it. I just put some pineapple into the freezer yesterday to get ready for a smoothie like this soon. Great minds.

Shez