Jun 122012

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Good evening everyone! I hope you had a great Tuesday! For my part I was all confused about what day of the week it was. I can’t tell you how many times I thought it was either Wednesday or Thursday. I kept thinking: What, it’s only Tuesday?? Oh yeah. Duh.

In addition to my scatter-brain, I had a rough day because what started off as a small tickle in my throat last week, has turned into a full-blown hacking cough. It’s not only gross, it’s annoying and painful. I think I probably coughed more than 100 times today. I know I exaggerate sometimes, but today I’m telling the truth! It was at least 100 times. Ugh. Plus when I woke up this morning I had a really hard time breathing through all the phlegm. I blame Fabio for this cough since he had something similar last week. Humph. It is not pleasant.

One nice thing did happen to me today though; my pots and pans from the Picky Palate grand prize giveaway that I won finally arrived! Woohoo!















My prizes included:

  • Set of 2 piece QVC Technique Cast Iron Pans
  • Flip It Pan
  • 12 inch skillet
  • Apron coated with Teflon Fabric Protector
  • $50 Amex Gift Card
  • “No Whine With Dinner” Cookbook.  150 healthy kid tested recipes (still waiting for this one)

I can’t wait to put them all to use! Especially that $50 gift card Open-mouthed smile Woo!


Because of this annoying cough I took it easy today on my workout and just ran a mile with Jack in the morning. I also completed a short circuit of pushups, tricep dips, squats, and side leg lifts, but I wanted to avoid too much cardio because of my cough. UGH. Being sick is the worst. At least I got to work on some muscles that are usually ignored in my regular routine..cough triceps cough. Get it? Cough? Sorry. Sick sense of humor I have (ha!).


Instead of my normal cereal and milk breakfast combo, I decided to whip up a fresh fruity spinach smoothie. I figured this way I could blast my body with some extra antioxidants to help fight off the cough. My smoothie actually tasted extremely delicious and I felt like I was having sorbet for breakfast! I’m definitely going to have to make more of these even when I’m not sick Smile Here’s how it came together.

First, I combined frozen mango and mixed berries in my blender.

I pulsed these frozen fruits together until they were in smaller, uniform pieces. Then I got the rest of my ingredients together:


Into the blender with the frozen fruits went a banana, skim milk, fat free plain yogurt (which I thought was Greek yogurt when I bought it. I was just so excited by how much cheaper it was! I should have known…), honey, and spinach. I’ve read before that you can’t taste spinach in fruit smoothies but I was still skeptical. I promise that when it all came together I couldn’t taste it a bit! It just tasted like fruity goodness! Anyway, I pulsed all of these ingredients together in the blender until it became a smooth liquid.

The smoothies came out pretty thick so I enjoyed it with a spoon! It was delicious, but it took a while to eat (brain freeze is a killer!) so next time I will thin it out with some more milk. It was so good though!


Fruity Spinach Smoothie
Recipe type: Smoothie
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
This fruit smoothie tastes so sweet and delicious that no one will ever guess there's spinach in it!
  • ½ cup frozen mango
  • ½ cup frozen mixed berries (I used blueberries, raspberries, and black berries)
  • 1 banana
  • 3 tbsp. fat free plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • ¼ cup fat free milk
  • ¼ cup uncooked spinach
  1. Add mangoes and berries to blender and pulse until uniform shape and size.
  2. Add rest of ingredients to blender and continue mixing, pushing down ingredients with blender stick if necessary, until smoothie is a smooth liquid.
  3. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy with a straw or spoon.

So that’s it for my smoothie recipe! Although I still felt under the weather all day, I know those vitamins must have helped a little! So, what do you make for yourself when you’re feeling sick? Last time I was sick I made some lightened-up creamy chicken and rice soup. Now that is a great recipe for when you’re feeling crappy!

 Posted by on June 12, 2012

  5 Responses to “Fruity Spinach Smoothie”

  1. I’ve been loving mango in my smoothies lately too! I have that same bag of berries from costco and it is wonderful! I try to add some healthy fats and/or protein to my smoothie with nut butter or coconut oil. I was skeptical about the spinach too, when I first tried it but now I throw 2-4 cups in my smoothies and STILL can’t taste it!

    • I know, I’ve been meaning to stop by a GNC and pick up some protein powder that I could add into these smoothies but I’m not sure what kind to get!

  2. I don’t really like protein powder so alot of the time instead I use 3/4 to 1 c plain greek yogurt. It is similar in calories and at least the same amount of protein as the powder if not more, but if you find a good protein powder please post about it!

  3. YUM! This looks delicious! I’m still skeptical about this spinach thing. The one time I tried it, it apparently didn’t blend all the way and I got this wad of spinach in one spoonful. NOT what I was expecting. haha. I hope you feel better soon though! Colds and coughs are the worst though! Not sick enough to stay home, but just sick enough to be miserable! haha

    • Yeah my cough is finally starting to clear up but now it’s super gross ah! But you should definitely revisit the spinach situation. I blended it a lot I guess and it was delicious!

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