The Tasty Green Smoothie-A Secret Weapon for Kids!

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Do your children (or your daycare children) refuse to eat anything leafy and green? Have you tried disguising it, covering it, hiding it, renaming it or pairing it with a favourite?  Did it work?  It didn’t for me. My children can be coaxed into trying a little bite of a leafy green vegetable but that is about it.

Nutrionists have been saying for decades how the majority of the population needs to consume more leafy greens.  The majority of us, and the children in our lives, eat more processed foods than we should.  Our diets are heavy on processed foods and light on fresh greens.  The main problem for me was taste.  Dark leafy greens aren’t tasty and my children unfortunately felt the same way.

We all know that children follow our actions more than our verbal advice. Therefore, the first person who needs to find a delicious way to consume greens is ourselves, the parent and caregiver.  Thank goodness for a great little book called, “Green Smoothie Revolution” by Victoria Boutenko (2009).

Green Smoothies are a delicious way to consume healthy greens!  The greens  (such as spinach, kale, lettuce, etc) are blended with sweet fruits (such as mango, apple, strawberry) and water to produce an amazing combination.  Victoria Boutenko gives you recipes to try and helpful tips such as, rotate the type of greens you consume daily for optimal health.

When I first started drinking green smoothies I received advice to try a green smoothie every morning for three days straight.  Then after three days, see if my body started to crave the green smoothie.  I thought, three days,  I could probably drink a green smoothie for three days and see what happens!  Well, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I quite liked the taste of the green smoothie on day one and sure enough by day four, I was craving that green smoothie!

After I incorporated green smoothies into my diet, I offered them to my own children and to my daycare children.  I have to be honest with you, my pickiest eater did not embrace them.  I’m still working on finding a combination that she enjoys.  However, the other children in my care, LOVE them.  My son requests his own green smoothie whenever he sees me making one.  I have also discovered that the children quite enjoy helping make the smoothie.

Here is a favourite green smoothie recipe that I enjoy often:

One big handful of spinach or kale
One mango (fresh or frozen)
Juice from a fresh lemon wedge
Water (fill the blender to about 1/2 full)

Combine all the ingredients in a blender.  Blend for about a minute or until smooth.  Enjoy!

Try adding green smoothies to your daily menu and see if they are a hit with your kids too!

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