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A secret weapon for a healthy family

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.

Blending is the art of combining fruits and vegetables in a blender to make a smoothie or a soup. 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 has 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 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.

 

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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10 Responses to A secret weapon for a healthy family

  1. Katie January 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    Could we use a juicer for these instead, or how would you make these with a juicer? I have a great one, but my blender is pretty poor. Thanks! These look great.

    • familysponge January 26, 2012 at 10:47 am #

      Katie, juicing and blending are two different things. But both have great health benefits. I’ve never tried this recipe with a juicer, but let me know if you decide to and what happens. Also if you blender is not a motorized beast, you could keep your ingredients fresh. Don’t use the frozen fruits since your blade might not be as tough to break it down. You could freeze your spinach (which I do) and then use fresh fruit. So at least you get the cold smoothie taste which I love. Please let me know what you try and if you have any other questions. I’d love to help any way I can.

      • sharon November 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

        Hello I will be starting the 7 day detox Jan 1st 2013, My question is how do you freeze your spinach I do smoothies 1-2 times a day I really enjoy this I but lots of spinach for them but dont want any to go to waste.
        Thank you for any information you can give me by email or here on your site. I will post my date again and my progress I am looking forward to this.

        Thank you
        Sharon

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