This healthy pineapple and baby spinach smoothie is sweet and delicious with no sugar added. Perfect to kick-start your new year in a healthy way.
My new year has kind of started very s-l-o-w-l-y. I have no idea what it’s wrong, but I find myself dragging through everything. I do not enjoy this feeling. Maybe, the overindulgence during the holidays has caught up with me and it is time to start making healthier choices in my eating habits.
That last line almost sounds like a lie coming from me. You see, many of us believe that healthy eating is synonymous of bland, highly under-seasoned food. I truly believe this is a cultural belief. Dominicans do not do healthy eating. Really, think about it; tostones, chicharon, mofongo, chimichurris, yaroas, patacón, longaniza and mangú are the staples of Dominican cooking and they are not what you would call “healthy.”
Nonetheless, I have made it a point to incorporate small healthier eating habits into my day.
Growing up, I was brained wash into thinking that corn oil was the only and best choice when cooking. With time, lots of cooking and reading about cooking, I’ve learned that canola, vegetable and olive oils are better healthier choices. I’ve started drinking milk with less fat content and swapped white bread for whole grain breads. I still haven’t been able to change to brown rice because noone in the whole house will eat it. Same with brown pasta.
However, my biggest challenge is getting everyone, including me, to eat their vegetables. I’ve had to become a master of vegetables disguise in this house. I’m talking about buy it, hide it, put it in the food and pray nobody notices. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
Foods like this pineapple and baby spinach smoothie really help me get more vegetables into my meals and are a great hiding place for awesome vegetables such as spinach and kale. Plus, it tastes delicious too!
I made it over the weekend to kick-start the new year in a healthier note and boost my energy levels since I’ve been so tired lately. I made enough just for me thinking my kids would not want to try it, given that they saw me put the baby spinach in the blender. Oh was I wrong! My son asked to try it and ended up drinking almost all of it. If my kids liked it, I am sure you will love it too.
Smoothies are awesome to valance out your daily food intake. When I see, I have gone a little too far with the bread, fried food, pasta and rice, I use it as a detox to clean out my body and start over.
- 2 cups baby spinach
- ½ cup of pineapple
- ½ of a banana
- ¾ cup of pineapple juice
- ¼ cup water
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4-6 ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until all is well combined.
- The more ice you add, the frostier the smoothie will be.