I’m not really sure where I got the inspiration for this ‘green smoothie’ recipe, but I think it was the multitude of magazines and sites online talking about detoxing. I am not big on fad diets or any kind of dieting at all, really- just overall healthy eating as a lifestyle and something that is committed to through a definite change in habits. 

ingredients horizontal

And the detox regiment that comes with Ramadan with full instruction: fast from dusk until dawn, not even a sip of water. If that’s not giving the body’s digestive system a rest, i don’t know what is.

all ingredients

Combine that with eating super healthy real food when you actually are eating, and you’re giving your body a whole lot of TLC.  That’s why I love this smoothie and would have it either for suhoor or iftar as a starter. Either time of day when you’re fasting for about 17 hours, as we are now, is going to be really nice. 

Here are some of the super healthy ingredients I used: 

fresh ingredients on table

I use frozen strawberries, but you can use fresh strawberries and then some ice. I also use fresh spinach, fresh pineapple, mango and banana. 

frozen strawberries

First add the most difficult to break apart- whether it’s ice or something frozen, in this case the strawberries. You technically could also use frozen pineapple, banana, spinach, etc. Just adjust the ingredients amount a bit because if more than one item is frozen, it’ll be a lot more watery than this recipe.

strawberry and blender

So, in go the strawberries first. Aren’t they beautiful? 

pour in the strawberry

I love them also because they’re organic (thank you, Costco). 

strawberries in blender

Next add the second most difficult to break up, the pineapple. 

pineapple

The pineapple should be diced, to make it easier. It’s such a fibrous fruit, subhanAllah. And oh, so good for you since it has all those wonderful digestive enzymes. Great for a fasting person since it aids in the digestion of other foods you’ll have during non-fasting hours, insha’Allah. 

add pineapple

Add the mango, which should be chopped or diced. We’re getting to the softer ingredients, as you can see.

add mango

Next the bananas. I love how they just slide right in…

add the banana

They are there for the taste and texture, making it sort of thick.

add banana

Add the spinach leaves are last, but not least. It’s what makes this drink so…special. I know you might not want to put spinach in this, but you must. Seriously, you have to try it if you’ve never done this before. I promise you it won’t taste like you’re eating grass.


add spinach
Doesn’t it all look so pretty in the blender? That makes it more appealing, for sure. And the leafy greens are just hiding innocently at the top hoping you don’t take them out at the last minute.

everything in blender

Blend away, blend away. It gets greener…it does. I just wanted to show you the pretty pink color first.

everything blended up

Because this is the final result. Definitely a green smoothie.

finished smoothie 2

Strawberry, Pineapple, Mango, and Spinach Smoothie
Serves 2
A great way to get delicious fruits and a bit of green into your daily smoothie. It's also healthy suhoor or iftar starter drink, too.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup frozen strawberries (or fresh strawberries and 1/2 cup ice)
  2. 1 cup diced pineapple
  3. 1 cup diced mango
  4. 1 banana, chopped or sliced
  5. 1-2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  6. 1/4 cup water
Instructions
  1. Prepare the ingredients by chopping what's necessary.
  2. To a blender, add the frozen strawberries first, followed by the pineapple then mango, banana and spinach. Add water.
  3. Blend until smooth, about 1-2 minutes on high speed. Add more water if necessary, or desired, for a thinner consistency.
  4. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Cut and prepare ingredients ahead of time then freeze or refrigerate so that it's quicker and easier to prepare during your morning and/or suhoor regimen.
  2. Prepare the smoothie as close as possible to consumption time, as it will keep in the fridge for about a day, but ingredients may begin to separate.
My Halal Kitchen by Yvonne Maffei https://myhalalkitchen.com/

15 COMMENTS

  1. Hello Yvonne,

    Thanks for the great recipe. At the risk of sounding crazy can I dare to add a bit of milk to this recipe? Or would I be spoiling a smoothie by turning it into a milkshake..? Just curious.
    I am based in Amsterdam and we have a 22hr fast. Alhamdulilah, I feel so blessed to be part of this experience.

  2. Alhamdulillah! You have the courage to learn more reciting Quran. It can be an excellent start. But learning through the internet is just not enough, esp. the tajweed. You must have a teacher (imam/ustajj) in person. Movement of your mouth and tongue will be corrected to perfect the words. Though Skype can show your teacher on the screen, that is just not good enough. Interference or interruption may distort the image you see. So, try to find a real person. There so be someone around.

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