Raspberry-Pineapple-Spinach Smoothie

Don’t let the spinach fool you…this smoothie is delicious and nutritious!!

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For 1 serving, mix the following together in a blender:
(Measurements are approximate.)

-1/2 cup fresh baby  spinach, packed
-1/2 cup frozen raspberrries
-1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
-1 TBSP raw honey
-water (about 1 cup), to desired consistency

For a thicker texture, try adding a bit of avocado or some milk or plain yogurt instead of  the water. Smoothies are the most flexible thing you can make. You can also use juice for your liquid 🙂

Smoothies are a great place to hide veggies for your little ones (or other “uncooperative” family members). Throw in some carrots, celery, etc. Sky is the limit!!!!

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“Popeye Pops”

Okay, so I found this suggestion on the Internet for hiding SPINACH in popsicles….but I made up the name myself, I swear 🙂 You can adjust this recipe with any fruits and juices you like, and the spinach is totally optional, too!

This recipe comes out to about 1/4 cup spinach in each popsicle and you can’t even taste it at ALL!!!!!

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I had to tell a “white lie” to the kids the first time I made these…..I said they were green from food coloring. (Well, actually the kids assumed that so I just didn’t correct them…but lies of omission are still guilt-inducing… so after they ate half of their pops and liked them, I broke it to them that it was spinach. And then we changed the name to “Popeye Pops,” which I don’t recommend unless your kids are cool with the idea of having spinach for dessert 🙂

INGREDIENTS:
-2 cups of fresh spinach, packed tightly
-1 medium pineapple, cut into chunks
-3 medium ripe bananas
-1/2 cup orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed)….or you can just use water, and maybe add some raw honey at the end if you don’t think it’s sweet enough.

DIRECTIONS:
Blend pineapple, bananas and juice (or water) in blender until smooth. Add half of the spinach and blend until smooth. This works best if you “plunge” the spinach down into the mixture with a spoon before blending. Add the rest of the spinach (and plunge down) and blend until smooth.

Pour into popsicle molds and freeze. Drink any leftover “batter” as a smoothie 🙂

Freeze at least 4 hours or until frozen solid.

*If you taste the mixture before freezing it, please realize that it won’t taste nearly as sweet as it will once it’s all the way frozen.

*I called these “Monster Pops” because, well, they’re green…and also to play up that fact as something that was “cool” before the kids had a chance to decide it was “gross.” 🙂

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