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.
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.
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.
*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.