Friday, July 20, 2012

Making Green Smoothies

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. 

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