I’m happy to be a participant in the blog tour for The Best Green Smoothies on the Planet by Tracy Russell. I’ve been imbibing a green smoothie every day thus far in 2015, and Tracy’s book has given me a ton of fresh ideas for what kind of greens to incorporate (such as zucchini, broccoli, and dandelion greens). She also inspires her readers by suggesting new (to me) fruit combinations (such as cherries & pineapples, pears & blueberries, and blueberries & persimmons).
Many of Tracy’s recipes include flavor additions such as cinnamon and cacao powder, and none of them contain added sugar. Every recipe in the book is accompanied by nutrition information as well as substitutions and variations. The cookbook is divided into chapters based on the specific health benefits of the smoothies:
- Detox and Cleansing Green Smoothies
- Weight Loss Green Smoothies
- Antioxidant Green Smoothies
- Fitness and Energy Green Smoothies
- Immune-Boosting Green Smoothies
- Calcium-Rich Green Smoothies
- Heart-Healthy Green Smoothies
- Iron-Rich Green Smoothies
- Mood-Enhancing Green Smoothies
I’m sharing a recipe from the Weight Loss Green Smoothies chapter:
Tracy writes: “This smoothie reminds me of a tropical drink you’d get on the beach. Unlike those high-calorie, sugar-laden drinks, however, this smoothie is low calorie and loaded with fiber to help you lose weight. The addition of spinach gives this smoothie a little extra calcium and iron as well as various vitamins and minerals.”
1 banana, peeled
½ cup cubed frozen pineapple
2 cups fresh baby spinach
Seeds scraped from ½ vanilla bean or ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract (alcohol-free)
4 ounces coconut water
Vitamin A: 41%
Vitamin C: 89%
There are no recipe-specific instructions, because all you need to do it toss all of the ingredients (in the order listed) into your blender and blend away! Tracy does explain how to make the perfect green smoothie in Chapter Two of Part One of the cookbook, so you can pick up some great tips there.
This Tropics-inspired smoothie is bright, refreshing, and thirst-quenching. It’s creamy (thanks to the banana) without the addition of milk or yogurt, sweet from the pineapple, and – as you can see – a gorgeous shade of green from the spinach.
I enjoyed the Banana-Pineapple Smoothie very much, and I can’t wait to try more of the enticing green smoothies from Tracy’s cookbook!