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
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)