When my daughter was born seven years ago, there are certain words that were not part of my vocabulary. Words such as “organic”, “kale”, “chia” and “hemp”. This is the dilemma a lot of us face as parents. True health and wellness doesn’t become a lifestyle until after we have little ones running around.
If you were like me, you fed your children these edible products that came in packages and pretend to be food. Years later, when we want our kids to be healthy and vibrant, their taste buds are all jacked up. In their little minds, eating real food is a choir to be avoided because it is not an activity they enjoy.
It has been my mission to create healthy, organic whole food meals that my child will enjoy and look forward to eating. After a lot of trial and error, here is my Super Green Smoothie Recipe Your Kids Will Love!
2 handfuls of Organic Kale
2 handfuls of Organic Baby Spinach – This could be swapped out with organic romaine lettuce or a medium sized cucumber.
1 handful of White Grapes – I suggest organic only without exception. Chemically grown grapes contain high amounts of pesticides, including cryolite, a fluoride-based pesticide. If organic is unavailable, swap out with your organic fruit of choice.
1 Avocado – This will add a creamy texture and healthy fat.
16 oz. of clean water – Your best option is water that has been run through a good gravity fed filter like the ones found here. Other good options include spring water and water that has been treated with reverse osmosis.
Kid friendly ingredients
1 frozen Banana – Adds a yummy flavor most kiddos find palatable. Go organic.
1/4 tsp (or less) of Vanilla Extract – This adds additional flavor familiar to little ones taste buds. Keep in mind, the alcohol used in this product is often derived from corn, so always buy brands that have been Non GMO Project Verified.
2 small scoops of Stevia Powder – This adds just a bit extra amount of sweetness to really bring out the flavors of the banana and vanilla. Only use organic brands, as a lot of brands of so-called stevia are actually derived from a sweetener that’s original source is GMO corn (like the ironically named Truvia brand). Trader Joe’s Brand, Whole Foods Brand and SweetLeaf all offer organic stevia in the powered form.
Optional health boosting ingredients
2 scoops of Hemp Protein Powder – This is a great way to add an often overlooked, great source of plant-based protein. Nutiva is a great brand that I personally use.
1 TBL of ground Chia Seeds – I grind mine up in a coffee grinder. Soaking them ahead of time is also an option.
Other supplies needed:
A blender. Nothing fancy or expensive required.
How to make the Super Green Smoothie Recipe Your Kids Will Love:
1) Tear kale into small pieces and discard the stems.
2) Add water, kale and baby spinach and blend for 1 to 2 minutes.
3) Peel the avocado and remove the pit.
4) Add all remaining ingredients and blend for 2 to 3 minutes.
This makes about 32 oz. and will serve 2-3 children. You can cut the ingredients in half if just serving 1.
Finally, perhaps, the most important step is including your kids in the process of making their smoothies. Take them shopping to pick out these ingredients and allow them to help put the ingredients in the blender.