Family friendly recipes and real life adventures by a mom/nutritionist

Green Goddess Smoothie

For years I’ve been trying to hide greens in my smoothies.  Blueberries to cover up spinach, raw cacao powder to hide some kale – these are also healthy ingredients but I may have been validating the “greens are scary” fear that many children have.  So no more, I say!  This smoothie says “I’m green and I’m proud“!

My kids have been very good sports for the past week as I’ve blended up every combination of fruits and greens I could dream up.  Some concoctions were deemed to be “yucky” and some “ummm, it’s okay”.  Well there’s no yucky here!  This is the recipe that got the thumbs up and was lunch box approved (yes, they drank it up).  Oh yeah, and us adults thought it was delicious too.

Ingredients:

1 cup of clean, filtered water
1/2 a pineapple – peeled, cored and chopped (an excellent source of Vitamin C and good for digestion)
1/3 an English cucumber, chopped (contains antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties, a good source of Vitamin K)
1/2 an avocado – (a nutritional powerhouse – contains healthy fat, good source of fiber, folate, Vitamin C, potassium – the list goes on!)
1 green, ripe pear, cored and chopped – (good source of Vitamin C, fiber and Vitamin K)
8 or so romaine lettuce leaves – (an excellent source of Vitamin A, plus a range of other vitamins and minerals)
2 tablespoons of raw honey  (optional) – (anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and all-round good guy)
1 cup of ice (optional)

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend on high until smooth.  The time will vary depending on how powerful your blender is.
Next time I make this I will add some freshly grated ginger root, I think it will make a great addition.



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