Frozen Mojito

You’re about to learn how to make the coolest frozen mojito!

You’ll never believe that this super delicious tropical drink is actually a healthy green smoothie in disguise.

I absolutely love mojitos, and they are my mixed drink of choice when I go out to a bar. But the mojito drinks in bars are loaded with sugar and alcohol. Not so healthy. And they’re quite expensive.

So years ago I searched the internet for a good mojito drink recipe, and learned how to make my own mojitos at home, just the way I wanted.

Lately I have been cutting back on drinking alcohol, especially hard alcohol. Not because of any strict rules or anything, just because I find that as I fill up my body with healthy foods that make me feel good (such as healthy smoothies), I crave less of the stuff that’s bad for me, and naturally stay away from hard alcohol.

But then summer rolls around and I’m craving that unique mojito taste. What to do?

Try a Mojito Smoothie!

Finally, problem solved! I invented this frozen mojito recipe that has that same delicious taste as regular mojitos, but in smoothie form!

I make this smoothie without alcohol…it’s the mojito flavor I crave, not the rum. But feel free to add some rum if that’s what you’re after.

Throwing a party? This frozen mojito drink recipe is perfect!

Party guests will love the mojito taste, and it’s much easier on you, the host, instead of making a ton of individual mojito drinks by hand. It’s fast, easy and fun.

Or maybe you’re just craving a special treat, something different from your regular everyday smoothies. This is definitely a fabulous treat, especially on a hot afternoon, or for a night in.

What Makes This Smoothie So Good?

The mint and lime are what give the smoothie its mojito taste. You don’t want to go overboard on either ingredient though, because they both have strong flavors.

Spinach adds substance to the smoothie and creates a nice green color (without creating a yucky flavor, I promise!)

The banana adds natural sweetness and, like the spinach, has a mild flavor, so it won’t compete with the mint or lime.

Add a bit of honey if you want to make it sweeter. But you don’t need too much, because the other ingredients already make it quite sweet.

Ready to give it a try? Here’s the recipe…

Frozen Mojito Drink Recipe

  • Handful of fresh mint (about ½ cup)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup water (or club soda)
  • Ice
  • Dash of honey – optional

Blending Instructions

Add all the ingredients to the blender, in that order.

Start with a small quantity of ice (a few ice cubes), blend for a while, then taste it with a spoon. Add more ice if you want a thicker consistency or add more water if it is too thick and hard to blend.

This recipe makes about 2 cups…1 big serving or 2 smaller servings.

If you’re throwing a party, increase the quantities accordingly. And consider serving these mojitos with fun straws, and maybe garnishing it with fresh lime wedges.

Your friends will love these mojito drinks!

Why Spinach?

I almost forgot to mention… Want to know the best part about this mojito smoothie? It’s actually super healthy!

Yes, that’s right. It’s actually a green smoothie in disguise.

Isn’t it great when you can turn a guilty pleasure into something that’s actually good for you?

That’s why I love this frozen mojito!

Update: The same day that I created this Mojito Smoothie Recipe, I told my sister about it and she made her own variation!

She added milk instead of water, and a little bit of Greek yogurt, and she loved it! She enjoyed her creamier version of this mojito smoothie.

Cantaloupe Smoothie

Have you ever tried a cantaloupe smoothie?

Why not? The best part about summer is the fresh melons, hands down.

Watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe.

Even better if it’s organic.

My new morning ritual for summer is getting up and cutting up a bunch of fresh melon to take with me to work, to enjoy as an oh-so-refreshing afternoon snack.

Nothing tastes better in the hot afternoon, after lunch, and it sure beats snacking on chocolate covered almonds or the other junk food I keep on hand.

So in the name of variety, why not try a cantaloupe smoothie?

I bet you’ll be surprised by how good it tastes and how refreshing it turns out. I know I hesitated for a while, just because I had never made a cantaloupe smoothie before, but finally I tried one and it turned out great!

Here is my recipe…

Cantaloupe Smoothie Recipe

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup fresh cantaloupe
  • 1 apple
  • About 1/2 cup to 1 cup fresh spinach
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup ice
  • Optional: 1 tbsp chia seeds

Smoothies are my best food friend 🙂 You can have one for breakfast, you can have one for a snack, you can even have one for lunch or dinner if the mood strikes! Smoothies are a great way to pack a ton of nutrition into one quick and easy meal.

I love that you can tailor smoothies to suit your exact needs at the moment. Want something light? Stick to fruits and vegetables and choose a light base like chilled green tea or juice diluted with water.

Need something a little more substantial to tide you over for a few hours? No problem! Choose a heartier base like soy or hemp milk with your choice of fruits and vegetables and be sure to include nutrient dense ingredients like nut butters, seeds, protein powders or oils. You can even play around with the yield! Make a little smoothie, or a BIG smoothie. I always seems to make REALLY BIG smoothies so I usually have to share 😛

This smoothie is right in the middle of light and hearty. Almond milk is low in calories and protein, so I consider it a light base. Almond milk + frozen bananas creates a lovely velvety, creamy texture. Peanut butter and hemp seeds provide a big boost of protein and healthy fats, not to mention extra staying power and a delicious nutty flavour. A handful or two of fresh spinach adds that green goodness (don’t worry, it’s super mild!) Add a couple of soft pitted dates for a touch of extra sweetness.

This particular green smoothie is an old stand-by now. I made my first rendition of this smoothie waaay back in 2012 when I first went vegan and started eating healthier and more intuitively. I have loved it ever since! There’s no doubt, this is my favourite way to eat greens.

If you haven’t tried a green smoothie before, the first one is kind of terrifying, ‘Does it taste ‘green’? Isn’t it gross?’

The thing is, you CAN make a gross smoothie. I’ve done it myself plenty of times! My first time blending kale into a smoothie did NOT go well. (Tip: Blending kale into a smoothie requires a high-speed blender, not a shoddy $10 immersion blender.) Trust me, having to chew the kale in your smoothie is the worst. In fact, it was so bad that I haven’t put kale in a smoothie since (and that was at least 2 years ago!)

So as you can see, one bad experience could have you swearing off green smoothies forever!

I promise you, this recipe will not scare you off of green smoothies. Even if you don’t think you like green smoothies, I 100% believe you will LOVE this one.

This is the green smoothie you need to make if:

  • you’ve never tried a green smoothie
  • you’re want to encourage someone you love to eat healthier
  • you’ve tried green smoothies and decided they’re just awful
  • you aren’t a breakfast person or you simply don’t have time for breakfast in the morning
  • you’re trying to give up caffeine (this smoothie is weirdly energizing… like SO energizing that I’ve accidentally quit drinking coffee multiple times (for months at a time!) because I was drinking this smoothie instead.)
  • you tend to feel nauseated/ill first thing in the morning (I get really sick and nauseated in the morning if I haven’t had a proper night of sleep. This smoothie is like some magical cure-all for an upset stomach, I can’t even tell you how many times this smoothie has made me feel 100% better after drinking it.)
  • you have a ‘thing’ about textures – this smoothie is super easy to drink, it’s smooth, thin, and just slightly creamy
  • you just want to add another delicious green smoothie to your repertoire

Now blend away!

PS: Back to the whole “being scarred for life by a chunky kale smoothie thing”, if you have a great kale smoothie recipe you’d like to share, I’d love some recommendations!

The Best Green Smoothie

A light and creamy green smoothie with a peanut butter and banana base. This green smoothie is super mild making it perfect for beginners!

Author: Brittany at finditnaturally.com Recipe type: Smoothie Cuisine: Vegan Serves: 1-2 servings

Ingredients

The Best Green Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or soy milk
  • 1-2 handfuls of spinach
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2-4 soft pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 2 ice cubes

Superfood Smoothie Topping (optional)

  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp raw buckwheat groats
  • 2 tbsp slivered almonds (or pumpkin seeds)

Instructions

The Best Green Smoothie

  1. Combine all ingredients, blend on high until perfectly smooth and frothy.

Superfood Smoothie Topping (optional)

  1. Combine all ingredients. Sprinkle 1 tbsp on top of your smoothie.

Notes

The superfood topping is great for all sorts of things! Add some to smoothie bowls, oatmeal, cereals, vegan yogurts, salads, etc.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to make a good blueberry smoothie.

It’s surprisingly not so easy as it sounds. Blueberries are such a tiny fruit and they come in such tiny containers, that it’s really hard to get enough substance to make a smoothie out of them.

Either I don’t put enough in, and there’s just not enough fruit to get the smoothie to right consistency.

So I end up adding more of other fruits to compensate, such as bananas.

But then I end up with a really good smoothie that doesn’t taste at all like blueberries, since the other fruits overcompensate. Or, I end up having to throw in a full container or two of blueberries.

They’re not exactly cheap, and I don’t necessarily want to use all my blueberries in one single smoothie recipe. The thing about blueberries is that they are such a yummy fruit, and loaded with antioxidants, especially impressive considering their tiny size.

So they’re an ideal fruit for smoothies, to take advantage of the health benefits of blueberries. But because of their tiny size, it’s really hard to make a smoothie out of them that actually has a blueberry flavor.

Finally, after much trial and error, I found a solution!

That sweet spot that actually works… Have you been craving a blueberry smoothie, but had similar problems in the past with getting the right texture?

Then read on for a blueberry smoothie recipe that actually works…

Blueberry Smoothie Recipe

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup blueberries (1/4 cup fresh, 3/4 cup frozen)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 to 3 cups greens*
  • 1 cup ice
  • Touch of agave nectar or honey (optional)

How to Make this Blueberry Smoothie

Start by peeling the bananas, break into chunks and add to blender.

Next add the blueberries.

I like this ratio of ¼ cup fresh to ¾ cup frozen, because I still get the benefits of fresh blueberries in terms of taste and nutrition, without having to use up too many of the fresh blueberries (and without spending a fortune).

I still get some fresh blueberries when they’re in season, which are definitely tastier and better for you.

But I balance it out with a good amount of frozen blueberries, which are cheaper, more intense flavor, available year round, and come in large quantities. It’s a nice compromise that works.

At this point, if you are using a regular blender (not a high-powered blender such as Vita Mix), go ahead and add the water and start blending.

You’ll turn it into a nice liquid while it’s still easy to blend, leaving room for the greens and the ice.

NB! For the greens, I used 3 cups green lettuce.

Use 1 or 2 cups if you’re just getting started with green smoothies.

I’m working on gradually increasing my greens ration in my green smoothies to get more nutrition benefits.

You can also use spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, etc.

Then add the ice and blend again. If you’re using a low-powered blender, you might even want to do 3 blending cycles: after the fruit and water, after the greens, and after the ice.

Do whatever is necessary to get your blender to blend the ingredients ;)

Add a sweetener if desired before your final blending cycle.

It doesn’t need it, as the fruits provide plenty of natural sweetness, but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to add a little extra sweet touch.

The result: a green smoothie that actually comes out a nice purple smoothie…perfect for beginners who are just getting started adding green veggies to their fruit shakes :)

Makes 4 ½ cups of blueberry smoothie!

Why So Much Smoothie?

If you’re a single person, making this smoothie for yourself, 4 ½ cups might seem like a lot.

That’s especially the case if you’re used to the smoothies from places like Jamba Juice, Smoothie King, and other smoothie stores.

Those smoothies come in 16 oz and 32 oz…and they’re loaded with sugar. That’s because they have ingredients such as sherbet and fruit juice from concentrate. So if you had 4 ½ cups, or 36 oz, of that kind of smoothie, that you buy in a store, it would not be so good for you.

In contrast, this smoothie is loaded with nothing but the good stuff:

fresh fruit, greens, water, ice and a tiny bit of plant-based sweetener.

It has tons of antioxidants and other ingredients crucial for the body to work properly and heal itself.

So with this kind of smoothie, the more the merrier.

If 4 ½ cups seems like too much to drink all in one sitting, that’s understandable.

Try this: pour half of the smoothie into a tall glass to drink immediately, and the rest into a tall portable coffee mug to drink for later.

I do this almost every single day.

I drink the first 16 oz of fruit shake first thing in the morning, to get my body going with a burst of nutrients and energy.

Then I carry the rest with me to work, and drink it throughout the morning as a little snack or even sometimes in the afternoon to get me over the 2 pm energy slump.

Just make sure that you cover the smoothie that you don’t plan to drink immediately, so it will stay fresh.

If you don’t have a tall mug with a lid, use any tall glass and just put a little bit of aluminum foil on top and wrap it around the glass as a makeshift lid.

Learn how to take advantage of the incredible benefits of ginger by adding it to your smoothie recipes… and adding that extra “kick” to your green drinks!

I first learned about the benefits of ginger when I was traveling in Morocco with my travel companion who’s a superfood expert. I got a horrible stomachache from eating a few too many kabobs in the open-air market (one of the experiences that turned me off of eating meat and led me to a vegetarian diet).

After we got back to our base in Madrid, he introduced me to making a simple ginger tea to help ease stomachache symptoms, and it really worked…although my first experience with the potency of raw ginger like that was definitely a shocker! I have to say I didn’t like it at first, it was just too strong for me.

You may have already heard about this, but in the form of ginger ale, a popular processed drink. But did you know that raw, fresh ginger is so much more effective and healthy, and that it has incredible nutrition benefits besides easing stomachaches?

Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger is an herb that people have been using as a natural remedy for centuries by different societies around the world.

The healing properties of ginger have found to include the following:

  • Ease Stomachaches and Nausea, including those caused by stomach flu, food poisoning, travelling, motion sickness, morning sickness and more.
  • Natural Anti-Inflammatory, helping to improve circulation and relieve pain caused by arthritis, tendinitis, and more.
  • Prevent cold and flu and relieve its symptoms.
  • Studies have shown that ginger can even combat cancer cells, including ovarian cancer and colon cancer.
  • Relieve Heartburn without using expensive chemicals or drugs.
  • Migraine Relief
  • Menstrual Cramp Relief

The list above is just a sample of the various healing properties that have been discovered in ginger.

So my friend was right when he said that ginger was one of the most important herbs for your help, and that I should start incorporating it more into my diet.

Since then I’ve tried ginger in various juices, including some delicious gingerade at a vegan restaurant in San Francisco. I’ve also incorporated fresh ginger into my cooking (not the powdered kind which has long lost its nutritional potency). Ginger has a lot of great uses, including…

Benefits of Ginger in Smoothies

I first learned about adding ginger to smoothies in Victoria Boutenko’s amazing book Green Smoothie Revolution. She includes it as one of the possible add-ons to take your green smoothies to the “advanced” level.

I say “advanced,” because adding ginger to your green smoothies is not something you want to do if you are just getting started. Your taste buds are still getting used to drinking greens mixed with fruit. But once your used to that, it’s a great way to give your smoothies an extra kick and take advantage of the benefits of ginger with a healthy ginger drink.

Since reading that book, the idea of adding green smoothies has been in the back of my mind. I just never got around to it. That’s probably because I usually make my smoothies first thing in the morning, like at 6 am, and I simply don’t have the time, patience or willpower to chop up little pieces of ginger at that hour.

My First Green Smoothie With Ginger

Finally, today I gave ginger in smoothies a try…and I loved it! This is the green smoothie recipe with ginger that I made today.

Like I said, I have no desire to chop up ginger at 6 o’clock in the morning. But Saturday afternoon? That’s a different story.

This ended up being the perfect winter smoothie recipe for a relaxing Saturday afternoon. It was a perfect detox cure after doing some major damage in the morning, eating all sweets in sight as part of my weekly “Cheat Day” from the healthy diet I have been following. Sometimes your stomach needs a little extra tender loving care after all the junk food you put in it, right?

I wasn’t sure how it would turn out with the addition of ginger…but it turned out that it really gave my smoothie an extra something.

Here is the recipe I used…

Ginger Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 banana
  • 5 fresh blackberries
  • About 1 cup of water
  • About 1 tbsp of fresh ginger, chopped*
  • A few full kale leaves, broken into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 5 or 6 ice cubes

I add the ingredients to the blender in the order listed above. Since I currently do not have a high-powered blender, I use this step-by-step blending process to get the right texture. If you have a Vita Mix, Blendtec or Ninja just add all at once and blend faster :)

For the ginger, what I did was take a chunk of ginger root that I had bought at the store. I cut off about one-inch from the end, peeled it with the knife and chopped it into tiny pieces. Then I tossed them in the blender.

The result? About 3 cups of delicious green smoothie. It ends up less sweet than usual as it doesn’t have too much fruit. The good news is it has less sugar as a result (even natural sugar)…and it still has a strong flavor thanks to the ginger!

It’s funny, because right before making the smoothie, my boyfriend and I each took a bite of the fresh organic kale he had just bought. We noticed it doesn’t taste very well on its own like that, and it’s very tough and hard to chew. But once it was in the smoothie, it went down so easily and tasted absolutely delightful!

Kale has a lot of nutrition benefits of its own, but it’s extremely hard to take advantage of them on their own, without breaking it down and mixing with flavorful ingredients like the ones in this recipe.

Tips

  • Don’t go overboard with the ginger especially when you’re first starting out. Start small, and add from there as your taste buds allow.
  • Organic is best whenever possible for all the ingredients listed above. I like to buy organic produce at Mother’s Market or at the farmer’s market when possible.
  • Don’t be surprised if you can’t stand the taste of ginger the first time or two. It takes a little while to get used to. I know at first I hated fresh ginger, but now I find myself craving it!
  • This makes a great winter smoothie as the flavors are darker, sharper and more intense, perfect for clearing your mind and focusing on all those to-dos to complete as you prepare for the holidays.

Of course, you can add a little bit of ginger to pretty much ANY of the green smoothie recipes on this website, or any others that you invent on your own, and I’m sure it would turn out fantastic. So don’t stop with this one recipe! Use it as a springboard to start a new ginger smoothie habit :)

Also, I wouldn’t recommend adding it to any chocolate-based smoothies of any sort, such as protein shakes, or to yogurt-based fruit shakes. The flavors just don’t mix well. You can’t experience the benefits of ginger if it tastes so bad you can’t stand the taste of the drink!

To truly enjoy the benefits of ginger nutrition in your frozen drinks, stick with adding fresh ginger to your green smoothie detox smoothies, especially those that use water as a liquid base and minimal conflicting ingredients.