Now that it is finally feeling like summer around here, I have been craving cool salads and smoothies for breakfast (of course, they would taste even better if I could drink them on my terrace, but alas, that will have to wait until I live somewhere besides New York. Or make a lot more money. One of the two.) I've gotten to be a big fan of adding greens to smoothies, as they add lots of nutritional value while not tasting like salad in a glass. This is my current favorite combination, and I added chia seeds in there for some protein, though they are completely optional if you don't like the taste. One of the other things I love about smoothies is the endless variation -- you could sub berries for the pineapple, or use 1/2 coconut or almond milk and 1/2 orange juice instead. Whatever you try, the results usually end up being pretty delicious.
Also, in case you're wondering, the metal straws are from Amazon. I happen to always want to use straws for any kind of drink, so I love these -- eco-friendly and so much cuter than the boring old plastic straws. (Though I kind of hate myself for using metal straws AND a mason jar. So twee. And yet, I still love it.)
Pineapple-Mango-Banana Smoothie with Spinach & Chia Seeds (serves 2)
3/4 cup diced frozen mango
3/4 cup diced frozen pineapple
1 banana, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cups fresh spinach
2 tablespoons chia seeds
Blend first five ingredients in a blender on high until smooth, about a minute. Add chia seeds and blend for about 10 seconds more, until mixed well. Serve immediately.