Quinn pretty much hates anything that isn’t carbs, so it’s been hard getting her to eat her veggies. Not surprising, really, for a toddler. We have been delighted to learn that she is really into both green beans and broccoli, but not much else besides that. Ditto for any kind of meat except bacon. So her diet primarily consists of things like pasta and toast and veggie straws (these organic, all-natural “chip” like snacks).
Enter the green smoothie, and our problems are solved!
I’ve been drinking green smoothies for awhile now, and I love them. I started drinking them when I briefly dabbled in a raw food diet. (That didn’t last long.) I love the way they taste, and I love that they are loaded with lots of fruits and veggies and other good things that I likely wouldn’t eat if they weren’t packaged in a lovely smoothie.
Though they may look a little weird, green smoothies are actually delicious. You blend your greens with your fruit and you don’t even taste the greens. It’s a nice smooth, sweet taste.
My favorite green smoothie — and the one I make most of the time — is a pear, banana, kale mix. Here’s how you make it:
I keep a bowl of frozen bananas in my freezer so they are ready to use. Depending on the size of the banana, I might throw 1-1/2 or 2 bananas into the blender. Then I add 1 pear and a handful of kale. When I buy kale from the store, it’s usually much bigger, and I use about 2-3 pieces. This kale is from my garden, and it has not grown very big or strong, so there were a lot more leaves (maybe 6-8). Just remove the ribs and throw them in the blender.
(Though, everything WILL blend with the right blender….)
Add about 2 cups of milk (I used almond milk) and blend it. When you’re done, you have a nice mamma-sized smoothie and a Quinn-sized smoothie:
… and a lovely way to enjoy veggies that you wouldn’t have been able to force feed your little one before:
You can use any combo of greens or fruits that you like. Use spinach, collard greens, dandelions, arugula — whatever suits your fancy. I mostly stick to kale and spinach since those are my jam.
With this recipe, I’ve also used coconut water instead of milk, and that’s been delicious. You don’t have to use frozen bananas, but I like the consistency and flavor when they’re frozen. You can add ice if you like, but that will add more water content, so be sure to account for it.
Some other additions you can include to up the nutritional profile include spirulina (makes a nice emerald smoothie), chlorella, bee pollen, flaxseed or flax oil, maca (for hormonal regulation), and chia seeds. A lot of times, I will also add a dollop of coconut oil to the mix for some healthy fat.
Using a good blender is key! I had a regular Hamilton mixer when I tried my first green smoothie, and I had chunks of kale floating on the rim. Not so tasty! I invested in a Vitamix, and it made a world of difference! Now my smoothies are smooth like butta. Plus, you can use the Vitamix to make lots of other nice things, like ice cream (throw some frozen bananas in there by themselves, blend them into a creamy puree, and you have a nice raw “ice cream”), nut butter (without all the preservatives and other junk), and even soups that will cook right in the blender. Seriously. Get one.
Do ya’ll make green smoothies? Share your favorite recipes in the comments!