My kids won’t eat veggies, but they will drink a green smoothie!

SpinachI have never experienced a picky eater  until I had my son Ryan.  He refuses to eat veggies, broccoli being the exception.  I would like him to have more variety so I have tried steaming other veggies and covering them with butter or cheese.  I have even gone so far as to hide them in yogurt.  Alas, he still refuses.  The fact that he has a very strong personality makes me think that he will not be giving in any time soon.

Because I am a big believer in a healthy diet for my children, I decided that I would try green smoothies.   I knew it was a long shot, but I thought I would try anyway.  I whipped one up and Ryan not only drank a whole cup full, but had a second one too.  I have been making them for awhile and he still loves them.  My other kids and I drink them too and I think they taste great.  Another bonus is that none of the produce is cooked so each fruit/veggie is loaded with ALL of its nutrients.

Here is my recipe–

Frozen blueberries–1-2 handfuls Frozen Strawberries– 4
flax seed-  2 spoonfuls banana
milk–as much to get the desired consistency honey–1-2 tbs

Then I add spinach, kale, and collard greens.  Sometimes I only add one kind and other times I mix them.  Kale is bitter so I only put in 1 or 2 large leaves.  I have also put carrots and apples in.  To be honest some of my smoothies tasted kind of gross; they were drinkable but I didn’t really like it.  I kept trying until I learned the best ratio for taste/veggies.  If it doesn’t taste good I really don’t see the point in drinking  it:)  And now I have a smoothie that tastes amazing and is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants.

 
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About Rachel

I used to be a nurse, but now I am blessed to stay at home with my three children. While they and my hubby are the bright spots in my life, I also enjoy do it yourself projects, running, shopping (oh how I love to shop), reading, mountain biking, and playing sports with my family.

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