Thursday, March 10, 2011
I admit it. I'm a sneaky Mom and proud of it. You see, my kids hate green veggies and one day I decided to just quit fighting about it and slip it to them while they weren't looking. My secret weapon? Smoothies. I've been doing smoothies so long that the kids think of them as milkshakes but little do they know, I've snuck a powerhouse of nutrition inside their cleverly disguised "milkshakes". So here's our basic recipe. You don't need any fancy tools, just a regular blender and some distracted kids so they don't see what you're tossing in there. Also, strawberries hide a multitude of ingredients. The seeds disguise any other textures that might be in the drink. And frozen strawberries make it thick and creamy.....not runny. So here's our basic recipe. Smoothies are very forgiving so play around and have fun coming up with your own version.
Basic Smoothie Recipe
1 cup orange juice/milk/or soymilk
1 cup frozen strawberries (vitamin C)
1 cup spinach (iron, omega's)
2 tablespoons of oat bran (Fiber, omega's, protein)
2 tablespoons of ground flax seed (omega 3 fatty acids)
Optional Add Ins:
over ripe banana (potassium)
other fruits or melon
leafy kale (antioxidants)
If too runny add a few more pieces of frozen fruit. If too thick add bit more liquid.
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