Smoothies are a great way to get your 5-10 servings of fruit and vegetables in each day! They're quick and easy and transportable. Blend it up and pour it in a travel mug and you can have your breakfast on your morning commute!
Green smoothies are amazing for kids too. Don't assume your picky eater won't like it, they'll be intrigued by the bright beautiful colour and hopefully won't even realize they're sipping spinach and other greens that you may have trouble getting them to eat at dinner time. When my son was 3 years old his favourite colour was green so I had no problem getting him to love green smoothies - he still asks for them every morning!
* tip: don't start with too many greens for your picky little eater, if it tastes like banana you'll have a much better chance of getting them to love this green delight! also don't make it too thick, the thinner it is the easier it will be to drink also helping your child to love smoothies
One green smoothie with one large banana, 1/2 cup of spinach, and parsley counts as three servings of fruit and vegetables! Not to mention this is a great way to start off your day. Depending on how sweet you like your smoothies you can use water, juice, milk or yogurt as your base. When I'm using sweet fruit like mango, I prefer water as a base but I'll often use apple juice when I'm just tossing in a banana and spinach. If you want more protein you can use milk, soy milk or yogurt as your base. The choice is yours!
Green Mango Smoothie
1 cup spinach
1/4 mango peeled
1/2 cup water
1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend. (For a thicker smoothie add less water)
2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Smoothies are a great way to use up any produce in your fridge that is getting a little past it's prime. Strawberries starting to get soft? Bananas starting to spot? Toss those berries in a freezer bag or container and use them for your smoothie instead of tossing rotten fruit in the garbage!
Wife, mother and pilot, with a passion for good food.