“DRINK KALE” SMOOTHIE

ImageIt’s been over a year since I’ve experimented with kale so today I decided to introduce kale in place of my daily spinach smoothie.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with kale, it is a dark leafy green that is packed with Iron, vitamin k, vitamin a, vitamin c, and calcium.  Kale is also known to be high in fiber and is considered a great anti-inflammatory food.

Kale has a distinct taste, stronger than that of spinach.  One of the benefits of blending is that I was able to disguise the taste with the ingredients below.  I have finally discovered the perfect combination! Kid-friendly.

Ingredients
2 large organic kale leafs
1.5 cups chopped fresh pineapple
1 cup frozen organic blueberries
3/4 cup water
1/2 ice

Blend and enjoy!

Blood Orange~Pineapple Smoothie

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During this weeks visit to the grocery store I discovered Blood Oranges.  Having never tried blood oranges, I bagged up five of them thinking that might make for great smoothie ingredients.  Unlike other citrus fruits, blood oranges contain anthocyanins (super antioxidant), the same red flavonoid pigments that give blueberries their intense color and powerful health benefit. Score!  So this afternoons snack turned out to be a Blood Orange-Pineapple Smoothies for all.  The kids LOVE it, and I like it as well but will warn, it’s SUPER SWEET! I hope you will give it a try.

Ingredients
2 Blood Oranges (peeled and pulled apart)
2 cups of chopped pineapple
1 cup water
1 cup ice

BLEND and ENJOY!

Serves: 4

Clementine-Pineapple Smoothie

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Tis the season for CLEMENTINES!  This creation was a new favorite with the whole family.  This recipe packs a very fresh and sweet flavor.  My neighbor gifted us with these wonderful Silicone Ice Pop Makers, so we even decided to freeze these for future afternoon snacks!  

Ingredients
3 clementines, peeled and segmented
1.5 cups cubed fresh pineapples
1 cup fresh peeled and sliced mango
3 tablespoons of Oikos Organic Plain Greek Yogurt
1 cup cubed ice
1.5 cups water

Directions
BLEND AND ENJOY!

Yield
4 large cups & 4 popsicles

Fruitilicious Smoothie

Well, it appears we have a new afternoon favorite:  The Fruitilicious Smoothie.  Decided to mix things up a little and this smoothie is sweet and packed with antioxidants and vitamin C!  You can bet this was kid friendly.  Enjoy.

Ingredients
1 cup Organic frozen blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries
1 cup Pineapple
1 cup Organic Mango (peeled and pitted)
1/2 water

Directions
BLEND!

Yield: 4

Fruity Green Chia Smoothie

I decided to introduce GREEN back into our daily afternoon snack, today’s choice: ROMAINE LETTUCE.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, romaine lettuce is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, and vitamin C. Romaine lettuce is also a very good source of dietary fiber and 4 minerals.  In order to keep the romaine from being too overbearing in taste I added an array of yummy fruit.  If you are having trouble getting your kids to drink something GREEN, how about naming your drink something fun, like THE GREEN HULK.  Use your creativity.  You’ll be amazed at how quickly it will change your child’s perception.

Also included in today’s smoothie were my new favorite Chia Seeds.  I use The Chia Co.  Chia Seeds are the richest plant based source of Omega 3, dietary fiber, protein and antioxidants.

This smoothie is smooth in taste and KID FRIENDLY.

Ingredients
2 large leaves of organic romaine
2 ripe bananas, peeled
1 organic orange, peeled and seeded
1 mango
1/2 pineapple cored (can add more pineapple to increase sweetness)
1/2 cup water
1 cup ice
1-2 tbs black chia seeds

BLEND & ENJOY

Yield: 4

Berry Delicious Smoothie

On this hot afternoon we decided to mix up a refreshing cold snack which turned out to be one BERRY DELICIOUS SMOOTHIE!  This smoothie is all natural, sweet, tasty and of course, KID FRIENDLY.  Enjoy.

Ingredients
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 ripe banana peeled
1 cup frozen organic strawberries
1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries
1/2 cup water

BLEND!

Yield: 3 cups

Pineapple Strawberry Orange Smoothie

Okay, so thanks to this beautiful warm weather the kids and I decided to mix up a new smoothie for our afternoon snack.  It was so refreshing.  Enjoy.

Ingredients
1 whole orange (peeled & halved)
1/2 a whole pineapple chopped into chunks (trimmed)
1 cup fresh organic strawberries (stems removed & strawberries washed)
*add water to create smoother texture
*add ice to make smoothie cool/thicker

Directions
Blend per the directions on your blender.  I use the Vitamix!