Smokey Smoothie-Blueberries, Bananas, & Spinach

Blueberry SmoothieThis smoothie is what I have been making lately so naturally, I want to share it with you!  It gets frozen in these little thingamabobs and then added to my daughters lunch.  My boys-especially my almost 1 year old-suck down whatever can’t be frozen, and I just end up trying to steal little tastes between their bites.

As much as I support the ‘lets throw everything we have in the fridge in the blender’ type of mentality when it comes to smoothies, I rarely do that.  I like to have a plan.  While I have never met a smoothie combination that I didn’t like, when I make them myself, I want to have things that go together.  That is why there is no pineapple in this one.  I like my pineapple in this smoothie and the flavor is so great, I don’t want to mess with it.  So when I created this one to help use up some fresh spinach I had, I wanted the flavors to go together, not just be thrown together.  As it turns out, a simple ingredient list proved that less is more.  You don’t need a million different kind of fruits to make it.  Just a few.  The best part?  The flavor is unusually plain.  It doesn’t scream any one flavor so those of you who are raising your eyebrows about spinach in your smoothie can just simmer down!  You can’t taste it specifically, but it makes the whole thing kind of mellow.
Blueberry SmoothieSee??  So pretty.  Ready for a whiz.

And the title of the recipe?  Smokey smoothie?  Well, I kept calling it that for lack of a better name and it stuck.  The color is kind of dusky and it looks a bit mysterious.  Don’t we all want a little adventure in the morning?

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Smokey Smoothie

1 c fresh or frozen blueberries
2 bananas, frozen if you like
2 huge handfuls of fresh spinach
1 c vanilla yogurt, preferably low fat and organic
2 T ground flax
water, milk, almond milk, or soy milk, as needed to blend

Put all ingredients in a blender and whiz away!  This smoothie doesn’t separate so you can make it in advance and stick it in the fridge.  Just give it a stir before enjoying!