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Green Monster Smoothies

Green Monster SmoothieInteresting title, huh?  This is part of Judah’s breakfast practically every morning.  Judah is a great eater, but I have found it difficult to get enough green veggies into him each day.  He loves carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, etc.  But, when it comes to the leafy greens, I just can’t figure him out.

It was a while ago that I first heard about the Green Monster movement.  When I saw this smoothie posted on my friend, Annie’s, blog and that she mentioned her toddler son loved them, I decided to give it a try for Judah.  He had enjoyed regular fruit smoothies many times before, so I had a strong feeling that this would go over well, which it did.  He pretty much begs for this daily.

Green Monster Smoothie5I love that the spinach is evident by a beautiful green color, yet doesn’t impact the flavor of the smoothie hardly at all.  The combination of pure fruit, leafy greens and orange juice makes this a very beneficial and healthy meal option, or a snack.  And, by using already frozen fruit, there is no need to add ice.

Judah drinks an entire travel cup of this every day and still asks for more.  I bought him a cheap straw cup for $3.99 at Bed, Bath and Beyond, so he thinks he’s a big boy and carries it everywhere with him while he plays with his toys and watches Sesame Street.

Green Monster Smoothie3You can use any type of leafy green, but I’ve found spinach is the least taste altering.  My brother-in-law has gone over the top with his smoothies this summer.  Almost every day on Facebook I would see him post his latest strange concoction of beets, sweet potatoes, bananas, berries, almond milk and kale.  I would tease him about it and we would share combinations.  But, I could never go as crazy as he.  This Green Monster smoothie combination I’m giving you may not include your daily fill of nutrition like my brother-in-law’s, but it sure is healthy and tastefully fulfilling.

*Note:  You can basically use any combination of frozen fruit, however, if you use other colors like red raspberries or strawberries, your smoothie will turn brown.  It will still taste good, though.

Green Monster Smoothies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2-3 smoothies

Serving Size: 1 smoothie

  • Handful of fresh baby spinach
  • Handful of frozen diced pineapple
  • Handful of frozen sliced peaches or diced mango
  • 1 banana, peeled and cut up
  • 1 cup orange juice (or more as needed)

Dump all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth and at desired drinking texture. Add more orange juice as needed, to allow the ingredients to blend. Pour into individual servings cups.

*Note: Any combination of fruit may be used according to your tastes. Other leafy greens besides spinach can also be used. You may also add other nutritional ingredients such as ground flax seed, wheat germ, etc. The above recipe reflects my favorite combination.

Source: Adapted from Annie's Eats

http://www.seededatthetable.com/2011/09/14/green-monster-smoothies/

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  1. He is so cute carrying around his big green monster! Love these smoothies. Haven’t had one in a while. Great reminder to make one soon!

  2. OMG, I am totally going to try this. My son won’t eat anything remotely resembling a vegetable. It’s a shame, because he loved them when they were pureed. Love all the pics of the places your son goes while he enjoys his smoothie – adorable!

  3. What a great way to get him to eat leafy greens. Love the pics of him carrying the cup around while playing. Too cute!

  4. Oh my goodness! Judah is DARLING walking around with his smoothie! That is the cutest thing ever. :) I’ll have to try these with Jack.

  5. That is one mighty adventurous (and adorable) little boy there! I’d really have to beg my daughter to try something this green. If only they knew how tasty the smoothie is and didn’t judge on looks!

  6. Nikki!!! I want to try this!!! And Judah is so stinkin’ adorable!!!

  7. He’s so cute! Look at him suck down all those veggies :) Makes a mama (and dietitian!) very happy to see.

  8. Awww, he melts my heart! Love all the action shots of him drinking his veggies! I need to try this delicious smoothie out because I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately – it sounds perfect.

  9. Looks good! I think I’ll try that for Avi and I. I also like how you’ve created recipe cards for your dishes. It’s really easy to print them off. Thanks Nikki!!

  10. Nikki, I make this for breakfast everyday and Daddy Gladd does too! We use coconut milk to bring it all together. You’re right about the smoothie turning brown if you mix strawberries with the spinach but I’ve found that you can add about 2-3 berries before that happens, so my concoction looks like this:

    Crushed ice
    Coconut milk
    Banana
    Couple of strawberries,
    Pineapple (or peaches)
    Fresh baby spinach
    Vit C tablet
    Generous sprinkle of cinnamon

    I love it that Judah is enjoying the smoothies so much! Love, love, love it!

  11. So glad your family is enjoying this! I love the idea of the travel cup for smoothies for toddlers. I’m definitely going to invest in another one for that purpose.

  12. Roasting the bananas will also give it a punch of delicious flavor.

  13. Just made this true to your ingredients and measurements and it’s great! I hope to make it a few times a week now for the mornings =) Thanks so much.

  14. Can you forgo the orange juice?

    • Sure! You can use another liquid…like milk or apple juice, or even yogurt, etc.

      • I was out of orange juice so subbed it all for coconut milk which I had been adding in anyways. I think I like it better with all coconut milk as there isn’t the tartness that the oj gives =)

        • Thanks, Shannon! My in-laws use coconut milk in their smoothies every day, too. Almond milk is another option. Really, whatever suits your taste. :)

  15. I made these today for myself and my two sons. Me and my youngest are super picky and everyone LOVED these…even after I told them the secret ingredient! Thanks so much for sharing!

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