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Green smoothies: Secret weapon for a healthy family

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A healthy diet is a top priority in our household. It beat out cleanliness by a long shot. Yet I find it difficult to actually have the energy or time to constantly feed my four-year old daughter meals that Martha would be proud of. So to balance out my grilled cheese and tomato soup dinners, I learned the beauty of blending green smoothies.

What are green smoothies?

Green smoothies are a great way to introduce leafy greens like spinach and kale into your children’s diet. It involves blending fruits and vegetables together to taste delicious and provide incredible amounts of nutrients. Simple, yet amazing. Have some bananas turning brown? Throw them in the blender with some spinach! Fed your kids Cinnamon Toast Crunch for breakfast? Throw some spinach and strawberries in the blender for a snack! Trust me, it is not only good for them; it’s good for your parental self esteem.

The typical ratio for blending is 60% ripe organic fruit and 40% organic green leafy vegetables. I use spinach, kale, apples, bananas, frozen blueberries and strawberries on a regular basis. It’s honestly the easiest way for my kids to get green vegetables and I have embraced it completely over the years.

The American Cancer Society recommends eating at least five servings of fruits and veggies every day. Yes, at least FIVE servings a DAY! That is a lot to digest, but when it can reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers, it’s a no brainer.

Blending green smoothies have become a daily ritual for our family. We all drink it, and we all love it. My daughter calls her smoothies “The Green Hulk,” and asks if I can make her smoothie greener. Come on, what normal kid would ask for a greener drink?! It’s a miracle drink, if you ask me.

Aside from ingredients, all you need is a high-powered blender to successfully blend the harder fruits and vegetables (carrots and apples). Vita-Mix and Blendtec are considered the gold standard. If you can’t shell out the big bucks for your daily blending needs right now, check out the Omni Blender here for a more affordable option. They will definitely give your blends a smooth consistency. Yet not all of us can afford the big guns at the moment and that is why there is the Juiceman and the Magic Bullet. Can we say Christmas present?

So rather than feel bad about driving through McDonald’s too often, get in the practice of blending green smoothies and you will be amazed at how easy, healthy and fun it can be. We are all super parents and this is my way of making sure my family is healthy. Below is a staple smoothie that I make for us in the morning.

 

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Banana Berry Spinach Smoothie:

2 cups of baby spinach leaves
1 banana
2 cups of pure or filtered water
1 cup of mixed frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries)
2 cups of mixed frozen fruits (mango, papaya, pineapple, strawberries)
4 tbsp of protein powder (optional – we like to use hemp protein powder)

 

Need more ideas on making blending a daily ritual for your family?

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3 Responses to Green smoothies: Secret weapon for a healthy family

  1. GalaxseaGirl January 8, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    I, too, blend to hide the healthy stuff, and mainly to balance out the not so great meals I serve… like you! I loved the Juiceman blender, and i found a used one which lasted me a while until I killed it one day without enough liquid to aid the blending. I do recommend it though, it is great. I got to replace it with a vitamix, so I’m stoked! 2 other blending tips: for marinara sauce, steam 3 cups of frozen mixed organic veg and blend with a jar of your favorite sauce. Sometimes I add an extra small can of tomato paste if too brown. But those carrots in the mixed veg make the sauce a bit sweet as well. Our other stealth sauce is the homemade mac and cheese with blended cauliflower (the white veg just disappears into the cheese sauce and thickens it, too).

    • familysponge January 8, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

      Those are great recipe tips. I will be using those in my blender. What’s the exact recipe for the cauliflower mac and cheese? I’m in love already! -Jadah

  2. Cheryl June 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    So, Baby Mando (15 months) is going back and forth with wanting to eat vegetables and then just wanting to eat fruit! I am definitely trying this today! I have spinach in my fridge and didn’t know what to do with it but this sounds easy! Thanks Jadah!

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