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

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Superfood Smoothie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Superfood Smoothie is another family favorite.  It is packed full of antioxidants and is sweet in flavor.  Again, you will want to make sure you have a strong blender, I use the Vitamix.  If you are looking for a low cost but powerful blender, check out the Ninja.  I also send smoothies to school in the Thermos Funtainer which can be purchased at Target.

Ingredients:
2 cups chopped pineapple
1 cup organic frozen wild blueberries (I buy a large bag from Costco)
1 bananas (peeled)
2 cups spinach
2 tablespoons ground flax seed (excellent source of Omega-3)
3/4 cup water
handful of ice
*You can also add half a stalk of celery.   Celery is strong in flavor but offers vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, calcium & fiber.  Celery is higher in sodium so if you are monitoring your sodium, you may choose to leave this out.

Directions:
BLEND until desired consistency.

Yields:

 

Popeye Smoothie

Smoothies are a great and easy way to incorporate whole foods into your diet.  I would like to share one of our family staples, the Popeye Smoothie.  This is a favorite with the kids and is often served with breakfast.  You will want to make sure you have a strong blender, I use the Vitamix.  If you are looking for a low cost but powerful blender, check out the Ninja.  I also send smoothies to school in the Thermos Funtainer which can be purchased at Target.

Ingredients:
2 cups chopped pineapple
1.5 cups grapes
2 bananas (peeled)
2 cups spinach
2 tablespoons flax seed (excellent source of Omega-3)
3/4 cup water
handful of ice

Directions:
BLEND until desired consistency.

Yields: