I know. We are behind. We actually first tried this before we even had a food blog and, much to our surprise and excitement, our children enjoyed it. This was way back when we only had 1 child each. Back when the future was still bright for Pilot, who has sense decided to snub any and all vegetables.
Unfortunately, we somehow forgot about this smoothie until recently. You know about our inclination to buy things in bulk. Baby spinach is no different. It’s great for salads and wraps and, lo and behold, great for smoothies. And even better, our kids still love it!
Pilot had one just the other day as part of his lunch and at first he was hesitant. I turned around to do something and when I had turned back, it was gone. I mean GONE. I actually had to go up to him and look around because I was SURE that he had dumped it out. Nope. He had just inhaled it like someone was trying to steal it.
So if you or anyone in your household needs a little help getting more veggies in their diet, try drinking them. These smoothies can be tweaked to fit any taste and fruit preference, and very often we make them just with what we have on hand. We have subbed juice for milk and honey, added yogurt, swapped out different fruit. Play around with the variations. This recipe is the basis and we just add and subtract from there depending on our mood and our pantry.
So go on. Drink your spinach and enjoy it while doing so!
1 banana (frozen or not), cut into chunks
1 cup chopped frozen pineapple
1 apple, peeled and chopped
1½ cups orange juice
2½ cups baby spinach leaves, rinsed and dried
1-2 tbsp. honey
3 tbsp. ground flaxseed (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Taste and add more honey, if desired.
- Feel awesome because you’re drinking something healthy and delicious!
Source: Annie’s Eats