Smoothie Recipes

Last year, a couple of our readers asked us to post some smoothie recipes beyond the typical OJ/strawberry/banana routine. I made my kitchen became a smoothie testing lab, and I'm sharing the best results again. If you've yet to hop on the smoothie bandwagon, here is your official invitation! It's an easy way to get picky eaters an extra serving of fruits and veggies.

For most of my smoothies, I start with a base of orange juice, plain kefir, ground flax seeds, and spinach. Yes, spinach. THEY WILL NEVER NOTICE. The kefir adds a nice tart kick, and is full of healthy probiotics. Plain yogurt works well, too. If your kids are used to sweeter smoothies from sweetened yogurt (which is full of sugar), you could try adding some agave nectar. And about that spinach. Start with a pinch, and increase every day. If the color is an issue, hide the smoothie in a straw-top sports cup.




Tropical Green Machine (Jafta's favorite)
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup frozen pinapple
1/2 cup OJ
1/2 cup kefir
1 cup rainbow chard
1 tbsp flax seed
agave to taste






Berry Blast with Spinach (India's favorite)
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup OJ
1 cup spinach
1 tbsp flax seed
agave to taste



Orange Dream (my favorite)

1 cup grated carrots
1 cup OJ
1/2 cup kefir
1 tbsp flax seed
agave to taste




All of the smoothies were a hit with my son. My daughter didn't care for the carrot. But both of them drank a 6-ounce cup of their favorite and got a full serving of veggies, antioxidants, DHA, and protein. My kids aren't always the best eaters, so it's nice to know that they are at least starting the day off with some good stuff. It makes me relax when lunch is not so great!




What are your favorite smoothie blends? Share your own recipes with us!

4 comments:

  1. We are also smoothie junkies. Make them almost every morning. We usually use unsweetened yogurt and soymilk, always flax, and sometimes I throw in some dry oatmeal for texture. Fruit & veggie combos are endless!! Can't wait to try yours :)

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  2. When you say spinach... are we talking fresh spinach leaves?

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  3. Yes, definitely fresh! I usually buy a bix box of baby spinach at the grocery store.

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  4. Big time smoothie junkies here. Sometimes that is our lunch. What is kefir?

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