Feeding kids fresh healthy foods is a passion of mine; but it's also something I too struggle with. I have all the ideas in the world when it comes to recipes and/or ingredient combos, but getting my kids to eat it all - now that's a problem.
I also don't push too much healthy stuff constantly because I want my kids to explore, be kids, and not grow up with food guilt or shame. But you can guarantee that when they have an upset stomach, I never fail to explain why they probably have it. "I know, I know Mom. But it's really not from the candy I just ate!" That's the response I usually get before I even finish my you-ate-too-much candy rant.
One thing I have perfected over the years is the perfect green smoothie. I have tried everything from berries, to protein powders, to different greens, to no greens, to veggies and the list goes on.
Today I'm sharing my top 3 Go-To Green Drinks over on the BasilHealth web site. These were designed for kids and have been toddler and kid approved. I'm sharing three because not all kids like the same one. But I can almost guarantee your child will love at least one, if not all, of these.
The one I make almost daily is full of spinach, fresh squeezed orange juice and frozen super ripe bananas. I figure, if they drink this then at least they start, or even end, their day with a good dose of fruits and veggies. There is an abundance of Vitamin C, iron, fiber and potassium in this guy. I keep these ingredients in the fridge at all times, so that in case we need a good healthy quick snack, we have it.
SPINACH + OJ FRUIT SMOOTHIE
- 1.5 ripe frozen really ripe bananas
- 8 oz fresh orange juice (or you can throw in a whole peeled orange)
- 1 handful or 2 of fresh baby spinach
- spoonful of vanilla protein powder, optional
In a high speed blender, add all of the above. Blend until completely smooth and creamy.
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To find the rest of the smoothie recipes, please visit BasilHealth.com