I’m sure I have no excuse for saying this, since I live in California and winter has been completely mild here this year, but I’m really starting to crave summer again. I’m ready for long sunny days, beach trips, cool-down cocktails, and sunsets at 7:30PM. Since I can’t have that yet I guess I’m trying to compensate, cramming all the colorful winter produce I have on hand into an extra-healthy, getting-ready-for-swimsuit-weather type of smoothie. I think my logic goes something like this: if I can make it look like summer in photos, it’ll feel like summer in real life. That should at least work temporarily, right?
So this is kind of like a pack-it-all-in smoothie; there’s greens in the form of spinach, mostly for that healthy boost of vitamins; pink grapefruit and orange because I love them both, they’re in season, and they make things exciting; banana for some sweet creaminess; mint for a little flavor pick-me-up that goes really well with the citrus; and a touch of vanilla to smooth it all out. Does it sound all over the place? Because in a way it is, but I promise it totally works. And since it’s packed with nutrients and dairy-free, it’s perfect for sticking with healthy resolutions, which is something I’m seriously trying to do right now even though all my mind ever wants to think about is chocolate.
Here’s to scrounging up all of winter’s colorful fruits and veggies and pretending it’s a nice 75º outside. Summer, please come ASAP.
A healthy, vitamin-packed green smoothie with a fresh and sweet minty-citrus flavor.
- 2 medium-large bananas
- 1 1/2 pink grapefruits, rinsed and peeled
- 1 navel orange, rinsed and peeled
- 1 packed cup spinach
- 20 mint leaves*
- 1/4 cup almond milk**
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 24 large ice cubes
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until thick and smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
*I used chocolate mint since that's what I had on hand, but feel free to experiment with whatever kind you'd like. You also may want to use less depending on how minty you want your smoothie to be and how large your mint leaves are.
*I typically buy Silk Original Almond Milk, but again, feel free to use what you have on hand.
The recipe can be halved to make 1-2 smoothies (depending on size), which might be helpful if your blender is on the small side.