The Sneaky Smoothie

Veggie Bagel Faces

Do you need to find a way to get your kids to “eat” their vegetables?  Maybe when you serve your child spinach he or she looks up at you with adorning eyes and says, “Oh, thank you Mom.  May I have seconds?”  Not your kid?  Not mine either.

So, I’d like to introduce you to the sneaky smoothie.  That’s not an actual recipe but what I call a smoothie that is disguising healthy greens.  I’m sure you’ve heard of green smoothies.  Same thing, different name.  When it comes to getting your children to consume their veggies, who cares if it’s done through a straw?  One trick you can try is to ask your kids if they like the smoothie you just made them.  When they say yes, and I’m sure they will, ask them if they noticed anything different than their usual smoothies.  Tell them how proud you are that they tried something healthy and liked it.  Now that’s sneaky!  Or, you cannot tell them and keep it your little secret.

Adding fruit to the sneaky smoothie is a great help as it sweetens and disguises the veggie taste.  You can turn any fruit smoothie into a green smoothie simply by adding veggies.  Spinach is a popular green to add to smoothies.  Start teaching your young ones at an early age that “green is good.”   Just like in “Green Eggs and Ham.”  Sam ate the green eggs and the rest was history.

Below are some of our favorite sneaky smoothies that my kids will actually “eat.”  They’re easy to make and don’t take many ingredients.  Always a good thing in my book. Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe or helpful hint for getting kids to eat their veggies?  If so, then we’d love to hear from you!

Green Slime Smoothie

(The name might gross you and I out but trust me, kids love drinking “slime”)

Ingredients:

1 banana, cut in chunks

1 cup grapes

1 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt

1-2 cups fresh spinach leaves

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth

       The Basic Green Smoothie

1 or 2 ripe bananas

1/2 cup of another fruit: (pineapple, blueberry, apple, peach, mango)

1 1/2 cup fresh greens:   (2 chard leaves or 1 handful spinach)

12 oz water (or to desired consistency)

 

        Green Apple Glory Green Smoothie

1  ripe banana
1  large apple cored
1/2     medium ripe avocado
1 cup  packed spinach
1 cup  packed  romaine (about 3 large leaves)
1 pint of water

 

Irish Banana Split Green Smoothie

2  frozen ripe bananas

1 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
2 cups   packed spinach
1 pint of water

 

Enjoy!

Lisa & the Build A Menu Team

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Veggie Bagel Faces

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