As a parent, I’m constantly looking for ways to add fruits and veggies to my kids’ diets.
One of the most effective methods to get both of them in at once is a smoothie.
My smoothie recipe has evolved over the years to include not just fruit, but leafy greens AND protein, too. I confess I didn’t tell my kids the first time I pulverized spinach leaves along with their favorite frozen fruits, because I was afraid they wouldn’t drink it if they knew the truth.
Guess what? They drank it without missing a beat, even though tiny flecks of green danced around their favorite pink drink. They didn’t even notice.
I also started using Greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt to pack in an extra protein punch. The result? A sneaky, delicious smoothie that’s nutritious AND satisfying.
You can use any frozen fruit that you prefer, but we particularly like to mix strawberries, bananas, and pineapples.
I use a food processor for everything, even smoothies, but you can make it in your blender as well.
The size of your blending device will determine how much fruit you put into it. In my food processor, I add enough frozen fruit to fill about half of the container. Then, I throw half a ripe (but not too ripe) banana on top.
Then I add about a 1/2 cup-1 cup of nonfat vanilla greek yogurt.
Next, I add a healthy layer of spinach leaves, enough to cover the fruit and yogurt. Finally, add 1/2 cup- 3/4 cup orange juice, depending on how thick or thin you like your smoothies.
After you let the ingredients sit for about 15 minutes (to slightly thaw the fruit), put the lid on it and pulverize those fruit and veggies to smithereens. (They taste better that way!)