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I have been doing a lot of reading lately on nutrition and read about the nutritional value of drinking green smoothies every day. Now I already love to make smoothies for my family using spinach, orange juice, strawberries, blueberries, etc…but I did not really look at it as a way to get a huge portion of our daily fruits and vegetables. Since my children love smoothies, I plan on making more of them and adding all kinds of stuff to them – stuff they would not eat normally 🙂 – and hopefully boost their health.
My youngest children do not eat vegetables very well. So I wondered if making them some smoothies too would be a good way to get some greens down. Yesterday morning I stuffed my blender full of spinach, 2 cups of orange juice, 1 cup of water, some vanilla, some lemon drop stevia to sweeten it, strawberries, blueberries, a frozen banana, some sliced cucumbers, some ground flax, and some coconut oil. I blended it all up until it was nice and smooth. Then I poured some in coffee mugs, cut plastic straws in half (so my younger ones would not have to suck the smoothie so far to get some in their mouths) and gave it to them. They LOVED it! The key is to add in a lot of fruit at first and then reduce that amount as they get used to it.
Why don’t you give a “green” smoothie a try?