April 27, 2011

Bring on the GREENS

My kids do not love their vegetables. Therefore, we here at the Elliott household are HUGE fans of green smoothies. They are tasty, so the kids love them. Tay and Noah literally suck them down. And they have lots of fruit and vegetable servings so mama loves them.

The best smoothie recipe book that I have found is Green Smoothie Revolution, by Victoria Boutenko. The first few chapters give the “why” for green smoothies and the last few chapters have tons of great green smoothie recipes.

Here is one of our favorites:

“Tropical Green Smoothie”
2 cups spinach
1 mango (I use 1 cup frozen mango)
I cup pineapple chinks (again, I use frozen)
1 cup water

I ALWAYS add greens powder and flax seeds to our smoothies. Greens powder has anywhere from 4 to 9 fruits and vegetable servings per scoop! And flax seed has some great Omega 3 (which we ALL need more of!).
Note: I buy berry greens, the flavor is much better

So, by giving the kids a green smoothie for breakfast, I guarantee that they get at least 3 or 4 servings of fruits and vegetables before 9AM! LOVE THEM!

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