Simple Green Smoothie (a.k.a. How to use your regular blender like a "Magic Bullet")

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Using just three ingredients and one dish, you can create a simple, healthy green smoothie -- delicious for any time of day.
What you'll need:
Simple Green Smoothie
1 Banana
1 - 3 c. spinach (depending on your taste buds)
 1/2 c. frozen fruit (I use 6 frozen strawberries in this instructable)
1 32 oz. mason jar
Water (or orange juice)

Advanced Green Smoothie
To give your smoothie a little more nutritional pizazz, you can add just about any supplement.  Here are some of my favorites:
1 Tbsp ground flax seed
1 Tbsp ground sesame seed
1 Tbsp hemp seed
1 scoop green powder (mmmm...chlorophyll...)
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Step 1: Find a jar that works for your blender

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The first step is to find a jar with the same size mouth as the base of your blender. 
I have had a lot of success with re-using Classico pasta sauce jars, but you can use canning jars, too.

Step 2: Fill your jar with the ingredients!

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Next, fill the jar with your ingredients.  If you are using your normal blender jar, add the spinach, then the fruit.  If you are using a Classico or other canning jar, add the fruit and then the spinach.  You want the greens to be closest to the blades for the smoothest final texture.
Once you've added your fruit and spinach, add some water (about 1 cup -- more for a juicier smoothie, and less for a thicker, shake-like smoothie.  Experiment to create the texture that you like the best).

Note:  If you are just beginning to venture into the world of green smoothies, you'll want about 2/3rds fruit, 1/3 greens.  You might also want to substitute orange juice for the water.  Work your way up to more greens, less juice, and more water.  As you become accostomed to the taste, you can dilute the juice and add more greens.

Note #2: I packed the spinach in a little too much in that last picture.  I ended up having to blend it in two stages.  Oops.
bajablue4 years ago
Your canning jar idea is BRILLIANT! Best of luck to you!
twigcreek4 years ago
Yum...I think my boys would eat it too! :)
drewdat4 years ago
I tweaked your idea a little and started adding a half stick of margerine and a handful of Hi Hos to mine! Delish!
cjleyden4 years ago
amazing idea on the canning jar and even more amazing recipe. simple and delicious. thanks!
Add avocado, then I'm in.
irvblitzer4 years ago
kikimvp4 years ago
Damn, that be a freakin FANTSTIK smoothie!!! So healthy and filling! Perfect for after a workout :)
kpclaypool4 years ago
Very practical! A healthy breakfast made in a to-go container. Nice work.
ChrysN4 years ago
Cool, sounds good and healthy.
(ps. You should put the picture of the smoothie in the intro, so it appears in the thumbnail image).