I was curious how to get kids to eat vegetables for a long time as I have found it to be a great challenge. Especially my daughter was very fussy about veggies. She only ate carrots and frozen green peas, green leafy vegetables were a big NO.
We all know the importance of developing healthy eating habits early and get our kids to consume plenty fruits and vegetables. But the challenge remains: how to get kids to eat vegetables? When I have started to work on my 30 days green smoothie challenge, I realized that this is the solution not only for us, adults to increase our fresh vegetable intake but the smoothies are so tasty, that my kids like them too. Making smoothies is an excellent and easy way to incorporate several fruits and vegetables into the kids diet and they are so tasty that the kids will love them. The best thing about a green smoothie is that all the natural goodness of the ingredients stay intact as no cooking required. If you ever wondered how to get kids to eat vegetables, this is the answer. Making smoothies is an excellent and easy way to incorporate several fruits and vegetables into the kids diet and they are so tasty that the kids will love them.
The kids like to get involved in making the smoothie too. They see what goes into the smoothie and learn what are the good stuff. My kids refuse to eat spinach on its own but have no objection about putting spinach into the smoothie, for it’s part of the recipe. We have tried other fruits and vegetables as well to create different smoothies and after a while my kids become more and more open to try out new variations.
They learn what is healthy. Even when we are not making a smoothie but they become hungry for an apple or banana, they are saying: “Mummy, apple is healthy isn’t it?”
Now, if you looking for a delicious green smoothie recipe for kids, your search is over. Here is my kid’s favorite green smoothie – or as we call it: red smoothie – recipe. It’s very tasty and even it’s color does not give it away.
11/2 cup spinach (or kale)
11/2 cup frozen mixed berries
1 small banana
1 cup of water
Put all ingredients in the blender and blitz it for 45 seconds.
All done. I don’t know of an easier green smoothie recipe for kids.
Join our 30 day green smoothie challenge and receive great smoothie ideas in pdf. You will discover that you can use many green leafy vegetables interchangeably and make as many smoothie variations as many fruits and vegetables you can put your hands on. I encourage you to experiment on your own as well. Once you are in your smoothie creative zone, great smoothie ideas will come from you.
You would be amazed to learn how many different essential minerals, vitamins and amino acids are in a spinach or kale and berry smoothie. These are the building blocks to a healthy body and the best source to get them from are the fruits and vegetables.
A smoothie a day is a great way to add green leafy vegetables to our diet. Even my kids started to drink mummy’s delicious green smoothie.
Earlier it was impossible to get them to eat spinach and kale in a salad or cooked. But if it is in a smoothie, that is different! They drink the kale spinach smoothie with me. My son asked the other day, what is in the smoothie? I told him the ingredients.
His response: ‘Oh, spinach! I love spinach!’
If you joined ‘A Smoothie A Day – for 30 days challenge, you got access to my Easy Green Smoothie recipes, most of which has kale or spinach as one of the ingredients.
However this Kale Spinach Smoothie Recipe wasn’t included in that free downloadable guide.
Kale Spinach Smoothie Recipe
1/2 cup spinach
1/2 cup kale
1 celery stick
1 green apple
1 cup of water
Start by adding the liquid to your blender, followed by the soft fruit. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
For a complete meal replacement add 1 scoop Organifi protein powder.
This delicious green smoothie is very energizing and an easy meal for a hot summer day.
Start blending, it’s easy, quick and yum!
Health Benefits of Spinach
“Spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. In other word, it’s loaded with good things for every part of your body!
Abundant flavonoids in spinach act as antioxidants to keep cholesterol from oxidizing and protect your body from free radicals, particularly in the colon. The folate in spinach is good for your healthy cardiovascular system, and magnesium helps lower high blood pressure. Studies also have shown that spinach helps maintain your vigorous brain function, memory and mental clarity.” – says Dr. Mercola
Health Benefits of Kale
The nutrients in kale can help boost well-being and prevent a range of health problems.
Even the chlorophyll in kale may have health benefits.
It is also a good source of vitamin C and iron.
The fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 found in kale all support heart health.
A high potassium intake is also associated with a reduced risk of stroke, protection against loss of muscle mass, preservation of bone mineral density, and reduction in the formation of kidney stones. – Medical News Today
Health Benefits of Celery
The benefits of celery begin with it being an excellent source of antioxidants and beneficial enzymes, in addition to vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, folateand vitamin B6. – Dr. Axe
Health Benefits of Apple
As one of the most cultivated and consumed fruits in the world, apples are continuously being praised as a “miracle food”.
Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber.
The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. – Medical News Today
Health Benefits of Kiwi
If you thought that lemons and oranges were the highest sources of Vitamin C, then think again! According to the nutritional break-up of kiwi fruit, per 100 grams contain 154 percentage of Vitamin C, which is almost twice that of lemons and oranges. Vitamin C acts as powerful antioxidant, eliminating free radicals that could cause inflammation or cancer. It also helps in boosting the immunity of the body against harmful pathogens.
Kiwi fruit contains an enzyme known as actinidain which is known for its protein dissolving properties, similar to that of papain in papaya. This is the reason why it is commonly used as a meat tenderiser. Moreover, it helps in the digestion of proteins in the body and is also known to help patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
It is a good source of folate, which is said to be beneficial for pregnant women because it helps in the development of the foetus, making it healthy. It is also considered to be good for growing children. – food.ndtv.com
Considering all the health benefits of the ingredients, this Kale Spinach Recipe is spot on, giving you a delicious powerhouse – smoothie. Enjoy!