Getting my kids to eat their greens used to be an everyday battle, but I’ve learned how to incorporate leafy greens into their diet in ways that they actually enjoy. One of their favorite ways to eat greens is in their smoothies. As I’ve said before, we make a lot of smoothies in our home. Through trial and error, I’ve discovered ways to either hide or enhance the flavor of the greens in the smoothies. I make sure to talk about what goes into the smoothies with Olivia (somehow I don’t think Owen cares much at nine months old), because I want her to know that greens are a wonderful thing to eat. That said, I have absolutely no problem with tucking green things into as many foods as possible in ways that the kids won’t notice, and I do it all the time.
This smoothie is a great one to share with the whole family. This will feed two adults and two small kids, so go ahead and update the quantities of the ingredients to work for your family’s needs. The recipe below has some superfoods, which I’ll list in the ingredients. Feel free to play with which superfoods are the best ones for your family. Açai berries? Hemp hearts? Maca? Go nuts! I’ve figured out which superfoods work best for us right now, and I encourage you to do the same.
Also, I have a nine month old who can’t eat any bee products right now, so I’ve detailed what I do or don’t include in his smoothie. If all members of your household can eat honey, you can skip the step where I pour out some smoothie for the baby before adding the rest of the ingredients..
Hope you enjoy!
BLUEBERRY KALE SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE
12 oz (one package) organic frozen blueberries
A large handful fresh organic kale leaves, or about half as much frozen kale if fresh isn’t available
Two ripe bananas (nice yellow with a few brown spots)
One quart homemade coconut milk* (recipe here or here)
1-2 Tbsp. of raw chia seeds
Two scoops of Chocolate Green Superfood from Amazing Grass (also available in original or berry)
Filtered or spring water (if necessary)
1-2 tsp. of raw cacao powder
2-3 Tbsp. raw honey, to taste
One dropper full of bee propolis (liquid)
In blender jar, combine chia seeds with coconut milk (don’t blend yet!) or water and let sit for 10-15 minutes, or until they gel. Add blueberries, bananas, kale, and Amazing Grass Superfood powder. Pulse blender a few times to mix, then blend on high until nice and smooth. If it sticks and doesn’t blend well, add water a little bit at a time until you get the consistency you’d like.
At this point, pour smoothie into serving containers for babies or anyone else who isn’t able to eat bee products.
Return blender jar to base, and add cacao, honey, and propolis. Blend for a few more seconds until everything is well combined. Serve immediately, or pour into mason jars to be consumed later. You’ll have to shake the smoothies a bit to remix them if you don’t drink them right away, but they should taste just fine, albeit not as fresh as if consumed right away.
*If you’d rather not make coconut milk, I think it’s better to use coconut water than canned coconut milk. The canned stuff usually has additives and is contained in cans with BPA, so I avoid using it. Coconut water won’t be as thick, but you can readily find good coconut water (raw is best, fresh or frozen). You can also substitute the coconut product for raw milk or kefir, if you’d prefer. I recommend adding a raw egg from a pastured hen if you use dairy in this smoothie (yolk only if a baby will be drinking some).
If you have a recipe of your own, or ideas for some great superfoods to use, leave a comment!