Monday, March 16, 2009

Incredible Hulk Smoothies

UPDATE: Quick, make these and call them St. Patrick's Day smoothies - I got that suggestion from a friend on Facebook.
Green smoothie recipes are all over the internet these days. I got a huge bag of baby spinach the other day, and I thought I'd try these smoothies on the boys. Ben will already drink the green juice from Trader Joe's, so I figured this wouldn't be that much of a stretch. And it wasn't! They drank them right down, flexing muscles and tearing off shirts along the way.

You can sub juice and fruit and even greens with this formula - I just put some things together I thought they'd like. I suspect spinach will be easier to use than kale or another tougher green. Don't forget the frozen banana - it add sweetness, thickness, and creaminess.

Green Smoothies
Makes 3 medium or 2 large smoothies

2 frozen bananas, peeled
1 cup frozen mango, strawberries, pineapple, papaya, etc.
1 cup orange juice
Several handfuls baby spinach (I filled the blender to the top loosely)

Process the ingredients, adding more OJ or water if it is too thick. You'll probably need to stop and stir the smoothies midway through. Blend until you don't see big flecks of spinach.


Alison... said...

The smoothie recipe sound 'interesting' - did the kids like it?

The picture of Benny is hilarious though!

Stephanie Carnes said...

You know, they just taste like fruit. The boys and I eat tons of fruit, so I don't need to hide it in a smoothie. They don't like spinach, though, so this is a good way to get the green veggies in them. If you already eat vegetables and fruit, there isn't a need for this smoothie, but if you don't, it's a painless way to get 2-3 servings of produce in.

They did like them - they drank them all up! Jeff was the only one I had to convince to try it.

Kristen said...

LOL - love the pics!!

Alison... said...

It's a great idea for kids!