We recently got a high speed blender, which makes it much easier to make smoothies. I always make sure I add protein and greens, usually fresh baby spinach or fresh kale (I buy the bags and take the harder stems of the kale). I want the smoothie to nourish him, not just give him a little fruit.
Here are some of our favorite combinations:
Greek yogurt, milk, frozen bananas, mangoes, and spinach or kale.
Greek yogurt, orange juice, frozen bananas, mangoes, pineapple, and spinach or kale
Greek yogurt, milk, almonds, frozen strawberries, peaches, kale: Add more strawberries if your child won’t drink a green smoothies
If you use plain Greek yogurt, you should add some sweetner (I like agave or stevia).
If your child is allergic to dairy, you can use almond milk, and forget the greek yogurt).
If your child will absolutely balk at the idea of drinking something green, add blueberries! Your green smoothie will be a dark purple instead (and your picky eater won’t notice a thing).
I also give my Green Smoothie names, like the “The Green Gussy”. I’ve also added green fruit like kiwis, honeydew and grapes (and then add a handful of spinach when my son is not looking).
Tip: If you make a smoothie in a good blender, you can put it in the fridge overnight and serve It the next morning.
Other tips include: use a colored tumbler to mask the color.
The Green Gussy
10 ounces of milk (can sub almond milk or Silk’s Fruit and Protein)
Handful of frozen tropical fruit (bananas, mangoes, peaches, pineapple)
Handful of frozen strawberries
Handful of kale (take the hard stems off)
Two spoonfuls of Greek yogurt
Agave if needed – blend first and then add to taste
Makes 2-3 servings (may be 4 servings if you use smaller cups for kids)