Thursday, March 10, 2011

GCC Recipe Swap

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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Anonymous said...

One of my kids don't eat much veggies or fruits, but he loves smoothie too ! great post

Teresa said...

Thanks a lot!!! Love it

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Kim said...

I linked a recipe for Baked Eggs...yummy, frugal and allows me a little extra wake-up time in the morning! :)

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

We just started doing smoothies and the kids LOVE to watch so I have been unable to be sneaky yet. I am trying to devise a plan though. We're doing mainly yogurt and frozen fruit but I do want to add other stuff! Hopefully soon...

Roxie700 said...

I do this too. I have been known to add a drop of food color to make it look more like a shake. I also use yogurt.
Thanks for the reminder.

I do something similar to meat loaf and meat balls. I run veggies through the food processor to make them almost liquid and add to the meat. The kids do not know. I add carrots, celery, onion, and peppers to their meat loaf or meat balls...they have no clue they are eatting them.

Marishannon said...

I just did exactly this this morning! But it is for me as much as it is for my kid :)

The Alchemist said...

The Smoothies look great.

I've added my oatmeal cake to the list, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Can they taste the spinach? I've substituted by using the V8 Fusion instead of juice, but straight veggies would be much better for them.

Unknown said...

I swear we'd all have scurvy if not for smoothies!

I love 'em and just posted about them last week as well!