So lately I’ve been into making homemade smoothies. Healthy ones that I can hide veggies in for my kids and husband. I go on kicks, where I’m super healthy and awesome for like a week and then I forget and eat whatever. Thankfully there isn’t much junk around us to eat and that definitely helps.
But if we’re keeping it real, Eli and I made sugar cookies right before this. Hey, we were on a screen detox, I was running out of ideas!
But I asked on Facebook (whereI absolutely love connecting with you guys!) if you’d like the recipe and the overwhelming answer was yes! So here we are, actually a little on top of things with the recipe!
And you guys, I wouldn’t lie to you, this smoothie is good. My husband out right refuses to eat vegetables and hates that I try to slip them into places & hope that he doesn’t notice. He has actually picked out slivered almonds among rice because he didn’t want them. (Can you say stubborn? Just eat the almonds!) He drank this smoothie and actually said he liked it! Now I did make him try it, which was a feat in and of itself, but he didn’t have to say he liked it. And if you know my husband at all, he does not do or say things he doesn’t want to.
So with this recipe being kids & hubby approved, I feel confident to present it to you! Although my kids will seriously eat anything. It’s unreal.
Here is what you’ll need:
- One kiwi
- One banana
- One pear/apple (I used a pear)
- Half avocado
- Cup of spinach or kale (I used spinach)
- 3-4 slices of pineapple
- Carrot juice (or some kind of non sugary juice)
Chop up all these ingredients and throw them in the blender. Few things – I realize there are a lot of fruits in this smoothie – probably why it tasted so good! However, you’re getting veggies in the spinach (which otherwise who really eats it?), carrot juice & nutrition from the avocado. You can definitely add more or less of any of these and mix it to be what you want.
But the way I see it is my kids are getting tons of healthy nutrition in just one cup. And they liked it so it’s not torture!
Just so you know, it really helps to have a super hero on hand. He is very helpful in putting the fruits and veggies into the blender (and eating some along the way). You know, in case you were having trouble with anything.
Add the carrot juice.
Here are some alternative liquids you can use in your smoothie:
- Coconut water
- Orange juice
- Non dairy milks
Bottom line is you want to add as little to no sugar as possible. I didn’t add anything to this recipe and it was fabulous but if you need to you can add some agave sugar, honey, or brown sugar. I’m sure there’s a million more options but I’m not a huge health nut so I don’t know what they are.
I had trouble turning on my blender, so I called my trusty super hero and he got it all taken care of.
Now I know some people (including myself until recently) think you need some fancy schmancy smoothie maker to make a good smoothie. And although I am not opposed to those gadgets, I told my husband how much they cost and he laughed at me and thought I was joking. So I had to make due with my $20 version.
It worked fine. I just blend it for 2-3 minutes and everything blends together really nicely.
I also didn’t add ice to mine because I don’t think it would have blended as nicely. I also don’t have an ice maker and you’ve seen my freezer. So I had to put the smoothie in the fridge after they were done for a little while. A good suggestion would be to create pre-made smoothie packs with different kinds of smoothies in little freezer bags. Then you just whip out a little bag when you want one and you have a nice, cold smoothie in no time!
Eli loved his green machine smoothie. Then when Tae got home from school, he gobbled up his. My kids eat like no ones business. Like all the time you guys, all the time. So if I can try to fill them up a bit with smoothies like these, packed with good things for them, I feel like super mom.
And then while I’m patting myself on the back, I turn around and Eli has spilled his smoothie and is licking it off the table like a dog.
Aaaaaand we’re grounded again.
So what do you think? Would you give this smoothie a try? Any suggestions to make it better?