There's been a lot of talk about green smoothies lately. My sister and cousin are big fans of them. Friends swear that they've seen health benefits since they began their daily dose of the stuff.
I eat a pretty healthful diet that includes plenty of green stuff. My kids, who both asked for seconds of kale last week, do too. I also don't like the idea of hiding vegetables in my kids' food. I like them to get to know and love the tastes of a big variety of produce and dishes.
But I was intrigued by the idea of throwing handfuls of spinach, kale or other greens in smoothies, which are a regular snack at my house. I often make a big batch and freeze the leftovers as popsicles. In fact, my kids have the frozen variety on a regular basis for breakfast. Since they're filled with fruit, yogurt and a little bit of fruit juice, I don't mind at all.
So I thought I'd give the green smoothie a try. And, I'll have to say, I like it.
Here's how I made mine with baby spinach. What's in yours?
Three frozen bananas
Three kiwis, peeled
Two handfuls of baby spinach
One six ounce cup of Greek yogurt - fruit flavored, plain or vanilla
Enough fruit juice to make it the consistency that you like
Put all of the ingredients in a blender and mix until creamy. This makes about two six- to eight-ounce glasses for my kids and allows me to make about four ice pops.
You could obviously switch up the fruit to include others such as strawberries, blueberries, grapes, mango and whatever else you have on hand.
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