Green Smoothies!


We eat a lot of produce in this house. Bags and bags full of the stuff.
But we do struggle in one area- getting enough green leafy vegetables. Allan, Brooklyn and Sierra really dislike dark leafy greens.
Spinach (and other dark leafy greens) is great for colon health and is full of cancer fighting agents.

I was wondering how to sneak some more green leaves into our diet when I stumbled across a blog mentioning green smoothies.
Green smoothies? You’re seriously going to put leafy greens in a smoothie?? Won’t that taste horrible?

Well, no, actually!

Allan, Brooklyn and Sierra were the ultimate test of the yumminess of green smoothies. Haters of anything leafy and green, they skeptically sipped at their smoothies.

The verdict?
They love it!

Our Green Smoothie Recipe
(serves 4)
2 cups frozen fruit
2 bananas
4 cups baby spinach
1 cup yogurt
flaxseed*
honey

Put everything in blender and mix. Takes a minute or two.

You can put any mixture of fruit, water, juice, yogurt and leafy greens as you want in there. Ours turns out a bit thin but that’s great because that’s how my kids like it.
We add honey to ours because the yogurt we get is organic and unsweetened and not very yummy.
The frozen fruit I use is a Costco mix of mango, papaya, strawberries, and pineapple.

Payson was in the school room being destructive when the blender started. He comes running out with his eyes bulging at the noise. He stood and watched the blender the entire time I was preparing the smoothies.

The first time we had green smoothies was Saturday and the girls have been begging for them ever since.

Today was Payson’s first taste at a smoothie since I finally got around to making a seperate batch for him.

His recipe is:
1 cup spinach
1 cup fruit
1/2 cup goat’s milk
It tasted like crap to me, but he liked it.

He got ahold of the spoon when I wasn’t looking.

Mmmmm

Mmmmm

Mmmmm

They really were going, “Mmmmm” the entire time they drank. Brooklyn looked over at Sierra while they were drinking and “Mmmmm-ing” at the same time and they laughed.

My my Mr. Payson, what a lovely shade of green you’re wearing.


Smoothie coma?

*Why use flaxseed?
Some facts about flaxseed:

Richest source of omega fatty acids and lignans (potent cancer fighters) known in nature. The immune-enhancing omega fatty acids 3, 6, and 9 are balanced in the combination your body requires for optimal health. Also loaded with vitamins and phytonutrients, and an excellent source of protein and fiber, flaxseed is nature’s gift to health!

Provides improved Immune Function- Immunity is the body’s ability to defend itself successfully against foreign substances. The alpha linolenic acid, as well as the lignans, decreases inflammation and promotes healthy functioning of the immune system. Flax seed may be useful to manage autoimmune and inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and lupus.

Benefits of Flaxseed found Here
More Flaxseed Info Here

8 thoughts on “Green Smoothies!

  • I love flaxseed, and add it to everything I can! Have you read that the best way to keep it is in whole seeds in the fridge or freezer, and then to chop them up prior to adding them to anything? I wish I could point you to wear I saw that, it's been awhile though.

    We are big smoothie people too, and also buy a whole food powder that you just spoon up and add to smoothies, etc. It's called Berry Green from New Chapter Organics. It says you can just mix it with water too but I do not recommend that…yuck! Another thing, if you have a popsicle mold freeze the smoothie mixture for a treat. 🙂

  • I might have to try the green smoothies for my kids. We drink a lot of fruit smoothies, but my kids won't eat much green either.

    I also like t.scott's idea of making the smoothies into popsicles – I will def. have to try that!

  • Too funny that you posted this…I just bought last night at the store everything to try our hand at making smoothies. I've been reading “Eat this, Not that” book and I'm trying to get my kids (and myself) to eat a little healther. Our snack drawer of Little Debbie is being depleted. My kids are very sad right now.

  • I'm going to have to try this with Oren. He loves veggies and healthy things, EXCEPT green leafy things. 😉 Thanks! Oren stares at the blinder the same way when we make something with it. That picture cracked me up! Oh and I really loved all the b&w shots from this for some reason. 🙂 I will go buy the stuff for these this weekend and let you know how it goes.

  • Oops! I see that the baby didn't get honey. We sometimes sweeten ours with bananas or apple juice concentrate or freshly juiced apples. The kids think it's ice cream!

  • I just saw this post on my dashboard, I missed it somehow. I love green smoothies too. A neighbor of mine made it for us a few years ago and my kids gobbled it down. We've been hooked ever sine. Our favorite is spinach with blueberries, strawberries, banana, pineapple and plain yogurt.

    A tip for getting more spinach into yours and your kids diet if you are interested…I use baby spinach leaves wherever lettuce might normally be used, and even some places it usually wouldn't go. On top of sandwiches, hamburgers, in tacos, lasagna, almost any pasta really, even grilled cheese sandwiches. The kids don't even notice it. They just call it salad and think it goes on everything.

  • Yay, Jade told me to come over here and look for a spinach tip. I was just wondering how to do green smoothies! I'm going to have to give it a try. I love your blog, I learn so much here 🙂

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