Want to get your kids to eat all kinds of veggies? Jevan hates celery but this morning he wolfed it back and asked for more. Little did he know it was in a smoothie I had made for breaky. Mwah ha ha, I feel like shouting “I’m SUPER MOM!” Lol, well that’s how I feel. There was no way I’d get him to eat this many fruits and veggies in a day let alone at one sitting until I started making smoothies.
Some people spell it smoothy but Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary lists it as: “smoothie : a creamy beverage made of fruit blended with juice, milk, or yogurt” and who am I to argue with Merriam-Webster?
This morning I added homemade almond milk, coconut water, coconut milk, homemade yogurt, chia seeds, carrots, apples, spinach, pineapple, pomegranate, strawberries, celery, cucumber, blueberries, blackberries, one whole date, and then ice on top. I’m pretty sure that was all. A lot of stuff is frozen including the coconut milk. I just pour it into ice cube trays and make up bags for when I need them. I even blend up spinach with a touch of water and then freeze cubes for later, I can’t wait for my wonderful neighbour down the road to bring me a bag of her garden spinach! You can take all kinds of frozen food and put them into individual freezer bags for individual smoothies instead of pulling out 5 or 10 different bags every time you want to make a drink; make up a week or a month of baggies at a time. Jevan can grab a bag, dump it in the blender, pour in some almond milk, sprinkle in some chia seeds and he’s ready to go, a healthy, filling after school snack.
Hit the smoothie button on your blender and in about 1 minute you have this:
Creamy, sweet, chock full of vitamins, and really filling!
Other fruits and veggies you can mix and match: bananas, sprouts, mango, pears, oranges, tangerines, orange or yellow peppers, lemons, yup pretty much anything. If you don’t think your smoothie is sweet enough add maple sugar, xylitol, stevia, a few dates, cane sugar, any healthy sweetener. Some times if I have leftover quinoa I throw in a few tablespoons for protein, or almonds, or cashews, or cottage cheese, or salad greens, yes I stand in front of my fridge and grab leftovers but my kids never know.