With two young kids in the house, sometimes the only way I can get them to look at a vegetable is by hiding them in healthy smoothies. Basically no matter the recipe, I add some spinach or kale or pour in some Bolthouse Farms Daily Greens (which on its own tastes TERRIBLE but is an easy option for pouring into a smoothie or a juice.) I buy bulk bags of frozen fruit, add some type of green veggie, if I have them on hand I add a fresh banana, put in a handful of ground flax seed or chia seeds, and whatever yogurt I have handy. If it needs more liquid, I pour in some Crystal Light or almond milk. If it needs more sweet I use agave nectar or stevia. There isn’t a lot of rhyme or reason to it for me, which is fine, but they all pour out of my Ninja Master Blender (which I love for smoothies) tasting basically the same. I have looked around for some great lists of recipes for healthy smoothies and am sharing the links with you below.
1 – Gracious Pantry, as usual a great resource for recipes with 46 varieties of healthy smoothies
2 – Prevention.com, 20 different options including one called the “Orange Dream Creamsicle”
4 – Food Network, 16 recipes that have likely gone through their rigorous test kitchen
5 – Cooking Light, 25 recipes for healthy smoothies including a peanut butter/banana/flax seed smoothie that packs a protein punch
Healthy smoothies are a great way to recover from a hard workout, an affordable way to manage weight gain, and as I said, a great trick for getting my kids to eat vegetables.
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