Our grandsons stayed with us for a few days last month while Mommy and Daddy moved from a condo into a house (yay for a backyard to play in!).
Littlest one was not in a mood to eat and being the overly protective grandma that I am, I decided to take matters into my own hands and whip up some nutritious smoothies to get a lot of fruits and veggies into the boys.
The smoothies were a hit and both boys downed them and asked for more.
I usually call these smoothies "Green smoothies" because, well, they're green. On this day, however, they were brown because of the combination of greens and blueberries (green + blue + brown). Littlest One kept saying, "Honey, more brown smoomie please". Apparently the brown part didn't bother him at all.
Want to make a Green Smoothie? Here's what you do:
1. Add one large handful of greens (lettuce, spinach, swiss chard etc.) to one cup of liquid (milk, water, juice, kefir etc.) Blend until smooth.
2. Add in about a cup of the fruits of your choice (banana, berries, melon, mango, pineapple etc.) Blend.
3. Add a cup or so of yogurt. Blend.
4. Add in extras if you want them (chia seeds, whey protein powder, flax meal, etc.) Blend.
I like to keep fruit in the freezer (even bananas) so that it thickens the smoothie as it blends. This recipe makes enough for 2 adult smoothies or 4 children sized "Smoomies". It's a great way to use up small bits and pieces of fruits and veggies.
*Note to Littlest One's Mama - yes, that is dirt on his face. I was more concerned with nutrition than cleanliness. He got a good scrubbing in the tub later on. I'm sure he ate some dirt that day so we brushed his little teeth extra good.