As I’ve shared a bit on Twitter recently, my husband and I are both trying to make healthier choices for ourselves and our family. One of the easiest changes for me to make has been adding green smoothies to our days. In fact, it’s what I normally have for lunch!
What’s a green smoothie? Basically it’s just a smoothie that has a large amount of greens in it, such as spinach, kale, romaine, etc. If you haven’t heard of green smoothies before, you may be thinking, “Eeewww, gross!!” Let me assure you, the greens are barely noticeable with all the yummy fruit you add too! All four of my children, ages 14 months through 8 years gobble down their daily dose like it is the best stuff ever. And beg for more. If I could afford it, they would probably each drink an entire blender’s worth every day.
If you google green smoothies, you will find all kinds of recipes, but here’s how I do mine. It’s not exactly a “recipe” because I change up what goes into it. It’s more of a guideline, really. This makes a full standard blender of green goodness!
About 2 cups of frozen fruit (blueberries, mixed fruits, and strawberries are all good choices) OR 1-2 cans of fruit canned in 100% juice (we’ve only used pineapple)
8-16 oz liquid (I’ve used water and rice milk, and both have been just as good)
If using a standard blender, blend now.
2-3 large handfuls of greens (spinach, kale, bok choy, romaine – don’t be afraid to throw it in there!)
If using canned fruit, 1/2 cup of ice
Blend, blend, blend!
I’m able to make the above recipe in my regular blender with no trouble, as long as I am sure to use plenty of liquid. I do sometimes have to use a spoon or knife to mix things up, and then re-start the blender.
If you are worried about texture, drinking with a straw can help. I prefer to drink almost anything with a straw, but that’s just me! Also, if you already own or are able to invest in a really good blender, the greens should completely liquify.
As I mentioned earlier, my kids do love the taste, but I did have to use creative presentation to get one of them in particular to drink it at first. I made green smoothies for the first time on St. Patrick’s Day, and didn’t let them see me put the spinach in. I just told them I was going to “magically” turn it green They knew I was up to something, but they appreciated the joke, and drank it excitedly. While you may not want to wait until next St. Paddy’s day to introduce these to your munchkins, I’m sure you can come up with something equally creative to win them over! I’ve also heard people recommend cups that have lids and straws, and that aren’t see through to start with. Whatever works!
This is a great, easy way to get lots of raw, good fruits and vegetables in your body, and trust me, its much yummier than a salad. Plus, there’s no temptation to douse it in large amounts of unhealthy salad dressings! (I’m not the only who struggles with that, right?!)
For more information on the benefits of green smoothies, plus lots of recipe ideas, you can check out the links below: (disclaimer: many of these links are also selling e-books, but I was not compensated in any way for mentioning them)