I kid you not, I am OBSESSED with Green Smoothies and probably always will be! They are served daily in our house and are a hit with everyone! Its no wonder green smoothies are so trendy today, they are a great way to pack in leafy greens and other great sources of proteins and antioxidants whether you are 2 or 32... :-) I know as a parent we all want our kids to eat all the vegetables on their plate, but I know in my house that isn't always the case. Kids go through phases and at least I know that my picky almost 4 year old is drinking some great nutrients :-) Its funny, because he often helps me make smoothies, and knows what's going in there..including leafy greens (he calls salad) but as long as he cant taste it, he drinks every drop and usually comes back for more.
Great ways to get the wee ones enjoying their green smoothies:
* Serve a smoothie or send it to school in a Sili Squeeze or other reusable smoothie pouches
* Make extra and freeze smoothies in Silicone Freezer Pop Molds
* Buy some fun colorful straws or special fun cups
* Let the kids help with the smoothie making process
There are so many great recipes out there to incorporate your favorite
fruits, veggies, and seeds etc, and there is a lot of fun to be had coming up with
your own. Some extras that I always have on hand for smoothies include flax seed, chia seeds, mint leaves, raw almonds, raw coconut, coconut oil etc... Sara Sullivan's blog and Simple Green Smoothies facebook page are some of my favorite spots for new recipes.
Here's a great starter recipe from Simple Green Smoothies on Facebook:
Coconut Dream - Serves 2
2 cups kale, fresh
2 cups coconut milk, unsweetened
1 cup pineapple
2 tablespoons coconut flakes,
**to lighten it up you can always use 1 cup coconut milk and 1 cup coconut water. I also like my smoothies cold and either add ice or substitute frozen fruit
I use a Vitamix, which is probably my favorite material belonging!! Its amazing!! It is a big investment, but checkout Vitamix's website, they offer certified reconditioned machines for a significantly reduced Cost. My mom uses a nutribullet which is much smaller, but also does a pretty good job getting the ingredients smooth for a much smaller investment.
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Happy Smoothie making! What's your favorite smoothie recipe??
*** Keep in mind I'm not a nutritionist, just a smoothie lover :-)
I'm Rebecca, a Maine mom of three energetic young boys and wife of a lobsterman, living in my favorite place, the coast of Maine. You'll find me here talking about my parenting journey, mom style, recipes, running and exercise, travel, stories from our life in Maine and so much more! Most days I'm just figuring it out as I go - Thanks so much for stopping by!