I swear there is some kind of smoothie-revolution going on.
It seems I hear about smoothies everywhere I turn. I’m not quite sure what is behind this.
They look like this:
|Our usual smoothies|
out of the fridge and poke a straw in the top. Or, if you are really lazy, you
can just skip the straw. I did mention I have a lazy streak, right? On weekdays
we usually serve these alongside chocolate chip frozen waffles.
overly-processed breakfast foods, but I am just as responsible. Bee and Zippy’s desire for chocolate in their
breakfast foods is admittedly 100% my fault. (Chocolate and coffee just taste
so darn good together!) Once upon a time we made an effort to feed the boys only
healthy foods and organic when we could, but somewhere along the way – whether
for convenience or to save money or to appease our kids’ appetites for sugary
foods – we backslid. We still serve lots of healthy foods, but breakfast is
usually a sugary mess. And that’s supposed to be the healthiest meal of the
to get around to 1) finding a good smoothie recipe, 2) buying the
ingredients, and 3) remembering to actually make the smoothie. I’ve tried
winging it a few times, but my smoothies usually don’t turn out tasty enough
for me to bother again in the next six months.
across some smoothie recipes on-line that include vegetables disguised by fruit and that kids are supposed to like, so I decided I ought to give it a try. Getting the boys to eat their veggies is very hit-or-miss, so putting spinach into a smoothie sounds
deviously clever. I especially liked these recipes
on Rage Against The Minivan because Kristen offers up three different
recipes that use the same base ingredients and just vary the fruits and veggies
involved. Not to mention, they all use kefir so they must be healthy. What? You don’t know what kefir is?! Me
neither. I had to google it: It’s like a
yogurt smoothie with extra probiotics. So now we know.
I decided I would give these recipes a
try. I made up my grocery list of things like kefir and flax
seed and spinach. My health-nut sister would be so proud. With thoughts of my boys’ nutritional decline
on my mind, I was motivated to buy mostly organic when I got to the grocery
freezer, so that the blender pitcher would be freed up for smoothies. I wonder
if I can count margaritas as momma-smoothies. The lime-aid
concentrate I use to make them says it is loaded with Vitamin C, so that might
help me fend off the germs my kids keep bringing home from day care. I’d better
make another batch tonight.
started with the “Tropical Green Machine” on Saturday morning. I substituted spinach
and kefir for the kale and almond milk. This way I didn’t have to buy as
many different ingredients for the three smoothies. Veggie-averse Zippy actually witnessed me
putting spinach in it and he still asked for seconds! Yum! Sunday we made the “Berry Blast.” Also
delicious. We made the “Orange Dream” for our morning snack today. That one didn’t go over as well, probably because our blender didn’t do the best job of pureeing the carrots. The texture was a bit gritty and it was also runnier than the other two.
|The “Berry Blast” smoothie.|
other smoothie,” which I hid in the back of the fridge.
machine I had to add extra o.j. to each recipe so that the blender would
actually blend. I also found that because of the kefir each recipe was a bit tart for our taste; the agave nectar came
in handy for sweetening a bit.
All in all, I’d call my little experiment a success. I found some new smoothie recipes that most of us liked and the kefir sitting in the middle of the fridge is a daily reminder to make them. I’m looking forward to trying some new combinations (avocado/banana, anyone?) and phasing out our usual lazy-momma smoothies.