How do you get Mr.Picky to eat spinach? There are two ways. . . make it into dip or add frozen fruit to make a smoothie. For all of our health benefits I choose to make all fruit and vegetable smoothies. You really can’t taste the spinach for all of you who are scared to add it in. In fact if I even open the cupboard the blender is kept in the kids start to jump up and down.
The amount of fruit and vegetable each one of us consumes increases so much when we have an afternoon smoothie snack. Mr.Picky and all of us enjoy a great smoothie in the afternoon. It helps tied over between lunch and dinner. Not to mention it fulfills our daily intake of greens.
I found a great guide from Super Skinny Me for any of you who are not familiar with smoothie making and are in need of some general guidance. Super Skinny Me also has some great information on nutritional value and health.
The recipe below is the general smoothie recipe I throw together. I will add and subtract ingredients depending on what we have. I also will give you just average quantities added, we make about 3/4 of a pitcher to split between the family. I have found that refrigerated coconut milk either plain or vanilla is the best liquid to add to a smoothie.
If you prefer a more frozen treat blend the smoothie and pour into popsicle molds.
- 2 bananas (peeled and frozen or fresh)
- 1 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
- 1 1/2-2 cups vanilla coconut milk
- 1/2 frozen peach or 1/2 cup frozen pineapple, optional
- handful of frozen raspberries or blueberries, optional
We use some frozen fruit so we have no need for ice, but you can add ice if using all fresh fruit. If you need a sweeter smoothie you can add a bit of honey or cinnamon. Blend until smooth, pour and serve.
We have tried all of the following added to our smoothies before:
- yogurt (frozen or regular)
- chard or pig weed
- mango or apricot nectar