The No Frills Smoothie – Spinach, Berries and Mango

I wasn’t sure whether to post this at first as it’s a pretty humble smoothie compared to many of those on the scene at the moment, packed full of all the new superfood craze ingredients like chia seeds, hemp powder and goji berries. But I thought it made a decent No Frills Smoothie – a tasty, cheap and healthy option for those who click away from any recipe the moment they see the pricier superfoods. It includes spinach to give us those essential green vegetable nutrients without too much of an invasive taste and steers clear of processed juices or dairy products.

I’ve made variations of this smoothie a few times using the guidance of the Nutribullet blender I got for my birthday – it turns out that the formula to making a healthy smoothie are along the lines of: 50% greens, 50% fruit and the addition of some kind of liquid. This liquid should not be fruit juice, or you’ll be adding processed sugars which we’re ideally trying to avoid. I’ve used water here, but you can of course substitute this with almond milk or coconut water if you feel like deviating from the No Frills concept. As is common smoothie knowledge, the addition of frozen fruit is a great idea because it means your smoothie is immediately perfectly chilled and it’s much cheaper than buying fresh fruit as well. Remember if you opt for fresh fruit, you’ll want to use ice as well. The banana makes the smoothie nice and thick, making it one of the more important ingredients when it comes to texture. This makes 1 large serving or enough for 2 smaller glasses.

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Ingredients:

– 1 and 1/2 cups of spinach

– 1 banana (fresh or frozen)

– 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (I used strawberries and blueberries)

– 1/2 cup frozen mango

– 1/2 cup water

And then just blend it all together and enjoy!

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