Ever wake up craving a smoothie, but don’t know which flavor to make? Blend up a rainbow smoothie instead! It takes away the pain of making decisions, especially when your brain is cloudy and you want to go back to sleep.
I am not a coffee drinker, so smoothies are my morning beverage of choice. They give me the same amount of energy, if not more, and my kids love them. I sneak in every vegetable and vitamin possible, so I know they are getting their daily nutrients. One of my little guys is currently in a phase where he refuses to eat anything besides chicken nuggets, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Smoothies are our saving grace! You’re welcome, picky eater moms!
This rainbow smoothie is fitting for St. Patty’s day coming up. It’s worth the effort to blend up a special drink that morning. And it’s the perfect healthy alternative to a bowl of Lucky Charms. No natural dyes in sight! You can even get really fancy and Pinterest-y, and put a leprechaun figurine or plastic gold at the bottom of the glass.
How to Make a Rainbow Smoothie
Prep time: 15 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup frozen oranges
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen spinach
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 frozen blackberries
1 packet frozen acai
5 frozen bananas, sliced
2-3 cups coconut water
1. Separate frozen fruits in their specified quantities on a baking sheet or cutting board.
2. Start with the red smoothie layer. Blend together strawberries, raspberries and 1/4 cup coconut water. Pour into a separate bowl or cup. To make the orange layer, blend together mango, oranges, 1/2 banana, and 1/4 cup coconut water. Transfer to a separate bowl or cup. For the yellow layer, blend together pineapple, 1 frozen banana, and 1/4 cup coconut water. Transfer to a separate bowl or cup. To make the green layer, blend together spinach, 1 frozen banana, and 1/4 cup coconut water. Transfer to a separate bowl or cup. Lastly, make the purple layer. Blend together blackberries, blueberries, acai, and 1/4 cup coconut water. Transfer to a separate bowl or cup.
3. Arrange your bowls and cups of smoothies by color. Use a spoon to layer in each color into a large glass, starting with purple at the bottom. Add about 1 tablespoon at a time, and a total of 3-4 tablespoons in each layer. Be careful not to add too much at once, or the colors will run together. Layer green next, then yellow and orange. Finish topping off the rainbow smoothie with the red layer.
Depending on the power of the motor in your blender, you may need to add more coconut water to each smoothie layer. Add 1/2 cup coconut water, if the consistency is too thick for your liking. If the smoothie becomes too thin, add in frozen bananas to thicken. You can also place the bowls in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to firm up, if needed.