Better than Green Beer: Fresh Green Smoothies

Piña Colada Green Smoothie recipe

One way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is with green-colored food and drinks: green beer, green eggs, green cupcakes, green milk…and the list goes on and on. This makes for some odd-colored eggs in the morning, which can be fun, but I’m pretty sure I don’t want to eat green gravy.

Instead, how about making food green by injecting green foods into the dish? I definitely want to wear and eat something green on St. Patrick’s Day, so I looked around for some fresh, green-injected recipes. The most surprising one? This Piña Colada Green Smoothie above, made green by adding a cup of fresh spinach, along with other typical ingredients you find in a healthy smoothie.

Piña Colada Green Smoothie recipe

I tried it out at home ahead of time (I certainly don’t want to be caught on this green holiday with friends and family refusing my green foods) and was most pleasantly surprised. The smoothie tasted fresh, light and fruity-coconutty just like a piña colada should. There was not even a hint of that secret healthy ingredient that turned it such a gorgeous shade of green: spinach. I used freshly squeezed orange juice, fat-free yogurt and no-sugar-added Carnation Instant Breakfast. With all the nutrients from this as well as the banana and pineapple, I could drink this green delight for breakfast every day.

Tropical Avocado Smoothie recipe

I also tried this Tropical Avocado Smoothie, shown above, using avocado, lime and fat free evaporated milk. Now I love avocado so much I can find a place for it at every meal of the day, but I’ve never had avocado for dessert (combined with sugar and served as a sweet). This would be interesting.

Tropical Avocado Smoothie recipe

Well, I loved this smoothie even more! I couldn’t believe how rich and creamy it was, almost like ice cream, and so pretty. I didn’t know sweetened avocado was so good – and I used less sugar than called for in the recipe. In my opinion, this smoothie is just another delicious way to work more avocado into my diet.

So I’m set for fresh green drinks throughout the day tomorrow. And I even found this green-food-injected Green Eggs & Ham recipe, so I can still get my eggs “green” at breakfast.


Related smoothie recipes:

Sensational Strawberry-Mint Smoothie recipe
Sensational Strawberry-Mint Smoothie
Breakfast Energy Smoothie recipe
Breakfast Energy Smoothie



  1. Posted March 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Great suggestions to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Adding a bit o’green to our diets is so beneficial! Avocados and spinach are definitely good choices. Thanks for the ideas!

  2. Posted March 19, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Yum! I live by green smoothies 🙂

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