Make-Ahead Monday: Pink Monster Smoothies

Green Monster Smoothies have been floating around the blog world for some time. I’ve seen them, book marked them, then thought, “Sounds great, but they day my kids would drink something green is the day pigs fly.”

Well, one day last week there must have been an airborne pig somewhere nearby because “C” not only asked to have a sip of my Mint Lemon Juice (delicious, but it’s thick and green) but he also liked it! In fact, the little bugger almost drank the whole thing.

I thought, let’s keep a good thing going…I’m going to try that monster smoothie. The only thing is baby spinach is crazy expensive here. Like $100/bunch. Ok, maybe not quite that much, but it’s still more than I’m willing to spend. However, red spinach is easy to find and a bunch is less than a dollar.

I promised a few Valentine’s Day friendly recipes, I thought I’d share pink monster smoothies. They are healthy, slightly sweet and make for a great morning snack.

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Pink Monster Smoothies Recipe

Adapted from Green Monster Smoothies from Annie’s Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple, fresh, frozen or canned
  • 1 green apple coarsely chopped
  • 1½ cups orange juice (don’t go with the cheap stuff, get the good stuff!)
  • 2½ cups red spinach leaves, rinsed and dried
  • 1 teaspoon honey (or more or less depending on how sweet your fruit is)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (optional)

Preparation

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Serve immediately or pour into ice cube trays and freeze*

If using this as a make-ahead snack/meal, freeze in ice cube trays. Then, remove as many ”smoothie cubes” as desired 1-2 hours before you plan on drinking it to allow it to thaw into liquid or slushy form. Stir before drinking