Pineapple Spinach Smoothie

My parent’s headed to California for the week to visit my brother. I picked them up to take them to the airport and they bestowed upon me an abundance of pineapple and, told me I had to eat it right away because it was about to go bad. With spinach already in my refrigerator, I googled pineapple spinach smoothies and went with this this recipe from Garnish and Glaze. It was the first one after the Smoothie King ads.
The ingredients are as follows:

  • 2/3 cup low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt.
  • 1 banana.
  • 1 cup pineapple.
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach packed.
  • 1/4-1/2 cup apple juice or skim milk.
  • Ice optional.

I didn’t have any yogurt, so I left that out and filled in the space with two handfuls of spinach and lots of ice for a thicker smoothie. I also pulled the I am pregnant card and used my husband’s whole milk instead of skim!

This smoothie was alright. I was expecting more pineapple, but I had a very ripe banana and it overpowered the taste.

My version: 320 calories.
banana: 120 calories | pineapple: 80 calories | Spinach: 30 calories | Milk: 90 Calories

When I first read this recipe, I was shocked to see milk listed as the liquid. In combination with the other ingredients, I assumed a citrus juice over dairy. To satisfy my curiosity, I tried the smoothie again using orange juice. Awful idea. It tasted good, but, at times, was difficult to drink because there was nothing to cut the acidity … clearly, I am new to smoothie making … lesson learned. Also, I was left with the worst heart burn I have ever had and it would not go away. I have cut orange juice from my diet until I have my kid … However, I am assuming this is all just a pregnancy thing and the non pregnant version of myself would not blink an eye so I am willing to try again once I’m back to normal …. Three weeks to go.

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