I worry at times about what my kids are eating – especially when my oldest declares he is going to be a vegetarian after a questionable meatball was eaten at camp, and my youngest struggles with acid reflux and gastritis causing him to stop liking foods one day that he loved the day before. That and they are young fickle, finicky boys.
Enter the green smoothie craze!
Well, I have to confess, I haven’t really enjoyed smoothies all that much, mostly because of the texture when I make them at home. Well that is until. now.
My husband bought me a Vitamix and it is a dream. It liquefies your spinach and kale so that there is no indication that is what is in there, it does the same with chia seeds, changing their structure so that their gelatinous ways do not offend.
I trick my kids by putting all kinds of good fruits and veggies in their smoothies and they drink them right down. I usually have a mixture of oats, kale, spinach, flax meal, chia seeds, almond milk or orange juice, and sometimes carrots. There is just so many combinations you can make that are delicious. And just by adding blueberries you will mask the green color and your kids will love it.
I can go through my day knowing that my kids had a good healthy breakfast no matter how picky they may get the rest of the day.
And no… you don’t have to have a Vitamix to make a great smoothie… but it does help.
Recipe ~Tammy’s Morning Power Smoothie~
~ by Tammy Boyd ~ makes 2 large smoothies
1 bunch spinach
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup oats
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons flax meal
1 orange, peeled
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1 cup ice cubes
1 tablespoon agave syrup or honey (optional – depending on how sweet you want it)
Water for thinning if needed
Place everything in Vitamix or blender and blend on smoothie setting until completely smooth. Add water as needed if its too thick.