We are definitely a smoothie loving family, and during the summer, we make a lot of them. But if I’m honest, we’re usually not very adventurous. Our smoothies tend to consist of orange juice, bananas, strawberries and ice. And there was that unfortunate period when we started adding organic beet juice to the smoothies to get in some extra nutrition. Not our tastiest idea ever.
All that to say we needed to branch out a bit, flavor wise. I’ve really been wanting to try green smoothies, but I also have a real issue with the texture of foods. I’m open to new tastes, but textures freak me out, and I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the grit of leafy greens in something I had to drink. So I had the idea to make a green smoothie, but turn it into popsicles. That way, we’d still get all the nutrition, but texture would be less of an issue for me.
And while we often make our smoothies with frozen fruit, Walmart challenged me to give their fresh produce a second look. While I do a lot of my grocery shopping there, I’ve found myself disappointed by the fresh produce offerings in the past. For one, there are precious few organic options, and the quality of what is available sometimes leaves a lot to be desired. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who felt that way, because Walmart recently created a 100% money back guarantee for fresh produce.Â In other words, if I’m not happy with the freshness or overall quality of any produce, I can take it back â€” no questions asked.
Associates are also receiving training on how to spot items that just don’t belong on the shelf â€” complete with a pocket guide containing photos of fruits in their ideal shelf-ready state, and how to spot ones that need to be thrown away. The overarching guideline is that if an associate wouldn’t buy it to take it home to his or her family, then it shouldn’t be on the shelf. Admittedly, the quality of produce in my store has been better of late, and now I know that I have a valid complaint if it isn’t.
So for this recipe, I shopped my local Walmart for the fresh ingredients.
Tropical Green Smoothie Popsicles
- 1.5 cups orange juice
- 1 cups spinach
- 1 cup kale
- 2 cups fresh pineapple, cubed
- 1 whole fresh mango
Note: Ignore the cream of coconut in the photo above. We planned to add it, but the smoothie was sweet enough without it.
While there still isn’t a lot of organic available at my local store (which I complain about loudly and often), I worked around that by opting for fruit that is least likely to be contaminated by pesticides: pineapple and mango. We did grab organic kale, and while there usually is organic spinach, the shelves were a bit bare, so we bought traditional spinach.
This recipe is super simple. Wash the spinach and kale, and add to your blender.
Add orange juice, pineapple and mango.
Blend for at least 2 minutes or until fine. And in case you’re wondering, we don’t have a fancy blender that pulverizes things in an instant. Just an old Hamilton Beach blender we’ve had for at least 5 years.
This recipe should make 24-36 oz. of smoothie. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze.
I admit I was skeptical about how the kale and spinach would interact with the fruit, but the combination was delicious. Spinach and kale are general mild in flavor, so the mango and pineapple made for a deliciously tropical flavor. My daughter approves:
They taste so good that it’s hard to believe they’re actually good for you. We’ll definitely be making more of these. Â and who knows. One of these days, I may even try actually drinking it in smoothie form 🙂 If you try it, I’d love to hear what you think!
DISCLOSURE: As a participant in theÂ Walmart MomsÂ Program, Iâ€™ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.