I can’t say it’s always easy feeding my family vegetables. Fruits are easy, but vegetables can be tough – particularly greens. Sometimes, as soon as my son sees a huge plate of salad in front of him, he sulks “Oh no!!!! Not again!!!! Why can’t I just drink my favorite smoothie???”
Admittedly, the easiest way to get my son to eat more greens is through green smoothies. My husband and son love them with breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack. I will make a big batch to last 1 to 2 days, to make sure there’s always some available in the fridge.
Here is our basic smoothie, which my son says, “Tastes just like honey!” although the recipe only contains fruit. We have named it our Pooh Bear Smoothie. We enjoy it several times a week. Hope you do too!
Puree in a high speed blender:
2 dates, optional but children prefer a sweeter smoothie
2 cups or 2 big pieces of seasonal fruit
We love pear, mango and berries, but any seasonal fruit will do. In the Fall: pears, persimmons, pineapples and pomegranate, Winter: citrus fruits and pears, Spring: apricots, mango, pineapples and strawberries, Summer: any berries, pitted cherries, figs and peaches.
3 bananas (I sometimes freeze my bananas for a cooler drink in the Spring and Summer)
4 cups seasonal leafy greens (or more)
2 cups water (less or more depending on your preferred consistency)