Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Try-it Tuesday: Green Goddess Smoothie

My son has always been a fairly decent eater but recently he seems to have gotten a little pickier. I'm always worried that he's not getting enough veggies (fruits he's usually a fan of so I'm not as concerned about that) so I looked on good ol' Pinterest and found a smoothie recipe that was chock full of fruits and veggies. Recipe here from Happy Food Healthy Life.

I ended up on this one because there was no added juice - the only liquid it required was ice water. In my opinion when you add OJ or another type of juice to smoothies, you just add unnecessary sugar and the smoothie gets way too sweet.

The first time I made it, I followed the recipe to a T. I tried it and was not a fan. My son however seemed to really enjoy it. The celery and cucumber were very potent and considering I don't like either, this pretty much explains my dislike.

The next time I made it, I used the following fruits and veggies:

1/2 Granny Smith Apple
1/2 Pear
1 Avocado
1 Kiwi
1 large handful of baby spinach
1 handful of blueberries
Enough water to get everything moving around in the blender
Handful of crushed ice to give the smoothie a chill (I tasted it without ice and it was lukewarm. Bleh!)

This one was soooo much better (to me). My son seemed to like it the same as the one with celery and cucumber.

The verdict: F-yeah! 
I encourage you to give a veggie/fruit smoothie a try and serve it to your kid.They are sweet enough that they think they're having a treat but enough vegetables in it that you feel a little better that they're getting some nutrients. Experiment with different combos and find something you and your family like and F making veggies with dinner!  I think the secret to smoothies is packing it full of vegetables (I'm talking handfuls of spinach at the very least) and then some sweet fruit to balance it out. The takeaway from this is that you can't really F up a smoothie as long as you don't add things you wouldn't find appealing alone (celery and cucumbers in my case).


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