March 19, 2014

Sunshine Smoothie

Weather like THIS calls for deliciousness in a cup.

Yes, that could mean wine or beer. But let’s keep it a bit healthier today, shall we?

My fridge is stocked with spinach, frozen fruit, and my new invigorating secret smoothie ingredient – MINT!


I’ve been a part of smoothie nation for almost a year and I never even thought about mint until I randomly heard some guy talk on the news about adding mint to beverages for a healthy kick.

YES PLEASE.  I volunteer as smoothie tribute!

The next morning I headed to the grocery store and bought mint {not realizing we had some growing in our backyard}, came home and headed straight to my Blendtec, throwing in my favorite ingredients with the mint!

The result was a heavenly mix of spinach, fruit and my new favorite smoothie ingredient.

Try this one morning and it will wake you up!

Sunshine Smoothie

by Maureen McCann

Prep Time: 3-5 minutes

Cook Time: 2-3 minutes

Keywords: blender beverage breakfast dessert

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 banana
  • 3 handfuls spinach
  • Fruit of your choice {I used frozen pineapple, mango & peaches}
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 handful of ice


Fill your Blendtec with all of the ingredients listed above

Hit the “Juice” button

Watch everything get smoothified

Pour into 2 cups & ENJOY!

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  1. now i’m convinced i need mint leaves!
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    • OrganicallyMo says:

      Now that I know we have them growing in our garden, I’ll randomly grab a few to just bite on or add to tea and water. Definitely a must!

  2. yum!! i think i should try chocolate + mint in a smoothie hehe
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  3. Oh wow, that looks good! Our weather has not hit your digits yet… I can’t wait! I’ll be craving smoothies more often when I’m not freezing all the time. 🙂
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    • OrganicallyMo says:

      Exactly!! I wasn’t prepared to start drinking smoothies so soon in the year, but I’m definitely not complaining! 🙂

  4. Mint is a weed in my yard, the I don’t mind having, it is really invasive! I love using it in both hot and cold drinks. I don’t drink alcohol but I love making virgin mojitos with it in ny Vitamix. I use it for salads too!

  5. How can you NOT have a good day with a sunshine smoothie to start! I mean SERIOUSLY 🙂
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  6. Oh I can’t believe you posted your forecast. That’s just plain mean to us poor, freezing New Englanders! However, your smoothie looks delish. I would need to be sitting on a heater to drink it though! 😉
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    • OrganicallyMo says:

      HA HA HA I feel bad posting about all this great weather we are having. But don’t worry. Soon you’ll be having great weather and I’ll be sweltering in 110 degree days. Yuck!

  7. what a great recipe! Mint is such a great addition to drinks, even a glass of water. It just adds that extra freshness and a little extra energy!
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  8. I have never put mint in mine, but now I MUST!! YUM!
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  9. I have been drinking a lot of fruit/kale/spinach smoothies lately and I had never thought about putting mint OR avocado in them. I will have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing it at Katherine’s corner! New fan of your blog!
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    • OrganicallyMo says:

      Thank you! I love adding avocado for the extra creaminess. Plus all the nutrients don’t hurt! 😉

  10. perfectly refreshing! Thank you for linking and sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ♥
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  11. I am going to make this for sure….thanks for sharing it on the Thursday Blog Hop…this is the most attractive green smoothie recipe I have seen so far!
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  12. Wow! This smoothie looks yummy! Wish I had thought of adding mint to some of mine before this. I think I am going to try this one with mango from my tree. Thanks for sharing with Fantastic Thursday!

  13. Sounds great, I love avocado in my smoothie I also love mint!!!! Thanks for coming over and sharing at The Weekend Retreat!!

  14. I presumed smoothie would be very refreshing and it is definitely a good drink to start a day. Thanks for sharing with 4 seasons blog hop. Have a nice day.
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  15. This is a great smoothie for us, we have wonderful mint in our Herb Garden. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
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  16. This sounds delicious! I am jealous you have a blend tech! I’d be blending like crazy if I did. 😉 Thanks for sharing at @DearCreatives party! Hope to see you again this week. I’ll be sure to tweet… your recipe. Can’t wait to try it!
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  17. I had been making do with my cheap-o smoothie maker (less than $30) which did not do greens at all. I finally burned out the engine and am now saving up for a real blender. How long have you had your Blendtec? I’m trying to decide between it and a Vitamix. We have a ton of mint in our backyard, and I will be excited to try these types of smoothies once I have a way to make them!
    I’m stopping over from Buns in my Oven link party 🙂
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    • OrganicallyMo says:

      I’ve had my Blendtec for just over a year and I LOVE it! The only reason I went Blendtec and not Vitamix is that I don’t like that the Vitamix has that mixing stick in the middle. With my Blendtec, I add all my ingredients, cover, hit a button, walk away and let it do its magic!

    • Tabitha says:

      My Vitamix has a regular top on it similar to all other blenders, only you can pull the center cap out not just to add ingredients but to use the muddler to push ingredients down into the blades… The muddler is only necessary when you’re mixing things like sorbet or making homemade peanut butter. I love Vitamix, they had to replace some blades and sent me an entirely new container, two free books, a nut milk bag, and even extended my warranty for a year longer. Their customer service is awesome. The company also sells refurbished mixers… So that’s something to think about if you don’t want to spend too much.

      • OrganicallyMo says:

        That’s really cool! I honestly think you can’t go wrong with either brand. I love my Blendtec and others I know adore their Vitamix!

  18. I’m swinging by from Cast Party Wednesday to check out your YUMMY looking post and invite you to my link party, The Yuck Stops Here. This week’s party is open until Sunday at 8pm ET and can be found at and next week’s party starts on Tuesday at 8pm ET and can be found at I hope to see you there! HUGS

  19. This looks so good! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.
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  20. I made one the other day with cucumber, spinach and mint – it was pretty good. I have not tried avocado in my smoothies before – will have to put your recipe on my list of ones to try.
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