A GREEN SMOOTHIE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
I think my son may be one of the pickiest eaters in the world. Seriously. He is very particular about texture and taste and prefers mostly crunchy crackers and fruit. It has been a huge challenge getting him to eat balanced meals. Thankfully, over the last couple years I have figured out a few ways to sneak nutrient dense foods into his diet. I began making this green smoothie for him about a year ago.
It started out as just a shake. I mixed his almond milk with a protein powder, which he hesitantly accepted. However, I learned that protein powders are high in hidden sugars, most of them processed sugars. They can also be full of fillers and preservatives. These ingredients are worse for children as they are still developing and growing. Because of that, I started playing with blending different foods to see what I could get him to drink. I cannot tell you how many shakes I had to dump down the drain because he refused them! Finally, I figured out one that worked great. Not only for him but for our ENTIRE FAMILY. Every morning now we all drink this green smoothie to start our day off right.
I am including both the advanced and easy recipe. Some days, us moms prefer a very simple shake because we need to get out the door. As a working parent, I understand not having a ton of time. The trick to making this shake extra foamy and delicious is to blend it extra long. I usually blend it for about two minutes. The coconut water and avocado make this smoothie foam up nicely. The family loves it!
Give both variations a try and see what you think. Before you know it your family will be hooked and healthier!