Would you believe that I have been sneaking spinach into my kids snacks? I know that green smoothies are not a new idea. But, I have just now started making them several times a week so that I can rest assured that my kids are getting the fruits and veggies I want them to. I got my recipe from Passionate Homemaking. I have copied the recipe and her comments from that site and below I make notes for any adaptations I have made.
Blend and add a little stevia or honey to sweeten and any additional boosters.
1 1/2 cups of liquids (I usually use a combination of water, coconut milk, and kefir)
3 oz or more fresh greens, which is approximately half a bag or 3 large handfuls (spinach or kale are best!) –start with smaller quantities and work you way up!
2-3 Tbsp orange juice concentrate, optional (this is a more frugal alternative than using pre-mixed juices – it stretches the juice further)
After these ingredients are thoroughly blended, you can add an assortment of fruit.
Here are our favorite additions:
1/2-1 cup Frozen strawberries or raspberries
1/2 cup Frozen Blueberries
1/4 cup Frozen Pineapple
2-3 Frozen Peach slices
I have also used canned pears on occasion as well.
-I make sure to blend the spinach in with the liquids first until the pieces are barely noticeable. Then, it is safe to add the rest of the ingredients. I almost always use 1 cup kefir from Trader Joes (TJs). It is a little spendy, but I only use a cup per smoothie and then water. Someday, I will get brave and make my own kefir.
-Kefir is good for digestive health. Multiple probiotics.
-I use frozen spinach when I don’t have fresh. But, ALDI carries bags of spinach for cheap, so that’s not too spendy. ALDI also has many of the frozen fruits reasonably priced.
-Color of these can vary. If you add a strawberry or blueberry addition, add enough so it doesn’t turn that ugly brown color. :) Though, I have found that my kids will eat it even if it’s ugly!
-You seriously can’t taste the spinach. The frozen concentrated orange juice really covers the taste.
-Banana, Pineapple and coconut milk (99 cents cans at TJ’s) blend really yummy and will result in a green colored smoothie.