While it's natural to turn to berries for smoothie-making, green smoothies are just as easy and are incredibly nutritious. Our goal with this recipe? To prove to you how simple—and tasty!—green smoothies can be (trust us, you can't taste those leafy greens). And isn't this one gorgeous?
For most of our green smoothies, we start with baby spinach as our green, and we like to add frozen pineapple for a tropical twist (kale and apple is another one of our favorite combos). Frozen bananas are a must, as they make every smoothie extra creamy without adding too much banana flavor.
Degustabox, a Barcelona-based monthly subscription box of 10-15 surprise food products, inspired the use of Aloe Vera juice in our smoothie, which gave this drink an extra energizing kick. The juice is derived from the aloe plant, and is packed with vitamins, folic acid, and antioxidants. While it's great as a drink on its own, its even better blended into a smoothie—just be sure to buy the "pulp-free" kind.
Our variety of aloe juice also had mango juice in it, which paired perfectly with the pineapple and the addition of fresh kiwi. If you don't have aloe juice, feel free to substitute a freshly-squeezed fruit juice, such as mango juice or orange juice. Simply blend all the ingredients together, and enjoy!
Serves 2 (or 1 very large portion)
- 1 handful baby spinach
- 1 frozen banana, broken in half
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 2 kiwi, skins removed and halved
- 1/2 cup pulp-free aloe vera juice drink, such as Alo (or sub fruit juice)
- 1/2 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
Combine the spinach, banana, pineapple, kiwi, aloe vera, and almond milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Add ice to thicken the smoothie to your liking, then pour into a glass and enjoy!
Love this recipe? Check out our smoothie bowl creations for breakfast.