Start the new year off right with this yummy smoothie that’s packed with a variety of fruit, creamy avocado, and vitamin-rich spinach!
Is anyone else ready for some healthy eating after a food indulgence-packed holiday season? Don’t get me wrong…I’m a sucker for rich, decadent menu items and anything falling under the category of sweets. But after Halloween followed by Thanksgiving followed by Christmas…veggies are sounding pretty darn good right about now.
Like many moms, I struggle with getting my kids to eat the proper number of vegetable servings on any given day. I have a few tricks up my sleeve to coax (unwitting) compliance on the days when I’m not getting their best green bean-eating cooperation. But honestly? The eat-your-vegetables battlefield can get kind of exhausting sometimes, and I’m always looking for easy alternatives.
As a result, I am ashamed to admit how long it took me to try green smoothies with my kids. And you know something else? I should have tried them long ago myself, since I’m not always the biggest veggie fan either. I guess the little broccolis don’t fall far from the tree.
With a variety of fruit to
disguise balance out the flavor of the spinach, this is a healthy smoothie that actually tastes good! I am here to tell you, my 6-year-old, 4-year-old, and 1-year-old all happily drink this concoction without complaint. And as they do, I inwardly cackle at the thought of all of that spinach fortifying their little bodies. I will admit that after watching me shove all of that spinach in the blender the first time, they were a little skeptical to try the resulting smoothie. But once I convinced them that this green Incredible Hulk/Popeye beverage would give them extra speed and strength, they conceded to take a sip. And once they tasted how good it actually was, no more smooth(ie) talking was even necessary (though, for good measure, I do still pretend to be blown backwards when I feel their muscles after they drink one of these).
I’m no nutritionist, but I can promise that this beverage packs a powerful punch of a plethora of vitamins, plus all of the health benefits and vitamin-absorption properties (and creamy texture) of avocado, and a dose of yogurt-supplied calcium. I also love that this smoothie calls for ingredients that I typically already have on hand…no unusual or likely to be out-of-season fruits.
If you’ve never tried a green smoothie before, what are you waiting for? I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the taste and excited about the variety of vitamins you’ll ingest simply by drinking this as a breakfast or snack. Here’s to a healthy, tasty 2014!
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