Green smoothies/ Vegan Recipes

Spinach, Sprouts, and Pineapple Smoothie

Spinach, pineapple, and sprouts smoothie

This green delight — a smoothie featuring the green goodness of spinach and sprouts with the sweetness of pineapple — offers ultimate refreshment, and the coconut water is immensely hydrating. It’s great over a couple of pieces of ice if the day is very warm. Bottoms up!

Makes about two 12-ounce servings

  • 1 heaping cup pineapple chunks (preferably fresh)
  • 1 or 2 handfuls clean baby spinach
  • Handful of green sprouts (such as sweet pea shoots)
  • 12 ounces coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds, optional (but highly recommended!)

Combine all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and process until completely smooth. Serve at once.

Spinach smoothie with sprouts and pineapple

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11 Comments

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    MO
    May 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    What I want to know is, what qualifies as a “high power blender?” Is it just a Vita Mix or do others? I need something that will really pulverize kale, not merely grind it up small. Thanks!

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    Nava
    May 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Mo, I think Vita-Mix is the machine of choice for green smoothie enthusiasts and raw-foodies; that’s what I have. I have heard good things about Blendtec as well but don’t personally know anyone who has used it.

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    MO
    May 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks, Nava. I just have to come up with a way to justify another kitchen appliance! 🙂

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    Nava
    May 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Vita-Mix is pricey, no doubt, but I just love it. It’s been on my counter for 3 years and rarely does a day go by when I don’t use it!

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    Temmie
    May 26, 2011 at 9:15 am

    What machine is good for juicing wheatgrass?

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    Nava
    May 26, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Temmie, I’m afraid I’m no expert at all on juicers. Maybe another reader will respond.

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    Christine
    April 22, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Green Star Juicer by Tribest is for Wheatgrass. Its the only one that I know of that extracts the rough fiber from the wheatgrass. That’s the one we use.

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    Nava
    May 2, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Christine, thanks so much for your input on a juicer that’s good for wheatgrass.

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    betsy moor
    December 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    love juicing, have questions about brand in Perú anyone familiar with their high end product, for example at Makro? They´re on sale now for 398 soles top end is 789 soles

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    sandra
    December 29, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Vita Mix does mix fine but it is so tall, I hate not being able to get it properly scraped out when pureeing, like applesauce. I wish that the container was shorter, wider. Does anyone know if they have corrected this with a container that is easier to clean out? Even if it’s smaller that the tall one that came with?
    I do have the thingie that came with that you can insert through the top to stir while in use but this is no help in getting all the contents out.

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      Nava
      December 29, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Sandra, you do make a very good point. I don’t like to make anything thicker than an average smoothie or pureed soup in the Vita-Mix. For anything with more heft, I just use the food processor. If there is something that’s a bit thicker than what I originally intended, I pour out what I can easily, then for the rest I add a little more liquid, turn it on again, and pour the thinner contents out and mix with the previous batch. I realize that sounds a little confusing but hope you know what I mean!

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