(I know it does not look green–but those greens are there!)
Since our new home is under reconstruction and I am not quite unpacked enough to be “back’ in the normal cooking and baking routine–I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you our families morning tradition. Every morning I whip up a healthful smoothie (full of greens, berries, bananas, flax) for my boys and they LOVE it and I love that they do! Seeing my boys drink up all that heart healthy stuff, makes me very happy!
First of all I highly recommend this amazing blender the BLENDTEC. It is pricey, therefore it was my Mothers Day/Birthday/ Anniversary present last year. I love it!! It was worth every penny. And even my hubby agrees (now) and that is really saying something!
(I purchase my fresh and frozen greens and fruits at Sams or Costco. We go thru a lot each week and it is much cheaper to buy in bulk!)
Step #1 THE GREENS
Puts lots and lots of greens in there–I usually use fresh organic baby spinach and we love Kale. If you use Kale remove the stem. Next pour some water in –up to the 2 line.
Then pulse until you have a beautiful bright green “water” Now your ready for the fruit…
(i usually add at least one more handful of spinach than is pictured)
Step #2 THE FRUIT
First I always add a fresh banana or two. Then I put in lots of various fresh and frozen fruits, such as:
*a whole organic apple (seeds and all)
**fresh pineapple–do not core it–great fiber**this is my favorite ingredient!
*orange–just remove rind
(sometimes I skip the fresh fruit –but I always add frozen berries)
*Strawberries-the berries are a must for us!
*Blueberries–if you add this smoothie will not be green
*Mixed frozen fruit from Sams or Costco
Step #3 THIS & THAT
I like to add a big spoonful of frozen Juice concentrate, such as orange or pineapple for sweetness. This insures that my boys LOVE it and want seconds!
Sometimes instead of juice concentrate, I add a little Agave –that is a natural sweetener that is very low on the glycemic index.
I also add a scoop of ground flax . You can grind flax seed yourself in a little coffee grinder (my grinder was $10 at Walmart) and keep it in the freezer or purchase ground flax seed at Costco.
Step #4 PUSH THE WHOLE JUICE BUTTON
This is of course my boys very favorite part!:)