This Paleo smoothie recipe is chocked full of good healthy delicious fruits and vegetables and with no white sugar added. Green smoothies are an essential part of our home. It is a great way to get a lot of nutrition in a delicious way! They can be so versatile and have so many fun flavors. There are plenty of combinations to please everyone.
Today I wanted to share with you my favorite smoothie recipe. One of the best parts of smoothies is how easy it is to make one. Tossing ingredients into a blender – now that is something I can handle doing. 🙂
I have to admit that I didn’t totally come up with this green smoothie recipe on my own. We had a similar smoothie from a food truck several years ago. My children LOVED it, greens and all and begged me to figure out how to make it myself. So after a little experimenting, I came up with this recipe. One of my favorite things about it is that it’s fun and easy to make.
Plus, I love that it gets my children to eat their greens, raw fruit, and essential oils. And, it’s not a small number of greens. I mean, 3 cups of spinach. That’s a lot of greens. It’s not just a token amount of greens so you can call it a “green” smoothie (and don’t tell me you don’t do that sometimes).
Costco has a blend of baby greens that come in a bag that I really like for smoothies. The blend has baby spinach, baby kale, baby chard, etc. Make sure to pack the greens into the measuring cup when measuring. You could use coconut milk in a carton, but canned will give it the best flavor.
My secret ingredient in smoothies is an avocado. It does not taste avocado-y, but it keeps it from separating (it will eventually separate a little bit if stored in the fridge over several hours) and makes it so creamy and smooth. Plus you get a dose of healthy fats.
I also added a few drops of wild orange essential oil to really make this smoothie flavorful and refreshing!
Here are some adaptions and substitutions I like to make to this recipe:
- Kale instead of spinach works well
- The riper the banana, the sweeter it is
- To make this extra creamy and rich, chill the coconut milk first then only use the thick cream from the top of the can
- You may substitute the coconut milk with regular milk, avocado milk, greek yogurt, etc. Lots of options.
- I almost always never use the maple syrup , although my daughter likes lots of extras. You could use another sweetener too, like honey or sugar.
- You could experiment with other essential oils, like lime or lemon
- I almost always add a few dashes of Real Salt to my smoothies. I would never add “regular” salt to a smoothie, but Real Salt brings out the flavor and makes it taste sweeter
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Tropical Paleo Smoothie Recipe
This Paleo green smoothie recipe is chocked full of good healthy delicious fruits and vegetables and with no white sugar added. My children ask me to make it all the time.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: Paleo
- 3 Cups Spinach (Kale, or a blend of small leafy greens, packed)
- 1 Banana (peeled)
- 1 Orange (peeled)
- 1 1/2 Cups Pineapple (cubed)
- 1/2 Avocado (pitted and skin removed)
- 1 Cup Coconut Milk (canned for best flavor)
- 1 Tbl Pure Maple Syrup (optional – use if fruit is not very sweet)
- 2 Cups Crushed Ice
- 3 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil (optional)
- Dried Coconut Chips (optional)
- Chia Seeds (optional)
- Place all ingredients (besides the coconut chips and chia seeds) in a high speed blender and blend until very smooth and creamy, 1 1/2-2 minutes.
- Pour into 3-4 glasses and top with dried coconut chips and chia seeds, if desired.
- Will keep up to 2-3 days refrigerated. Stir briskly to re-combine if storing in the fridge.
Keywords: spinach, banana, orange, avocado