Saturday, March 10, 2012

Avocado, Fruit, and Veggie Smoothie - It's delish! Just ask my kids...

I am sure that most can relate to the wonderful world of "feeding the picky toddler". Rather than feed mine their 3 faves (macaroni & cheese, peanut butter & jelly, or pizza) for every meal, I have to get creative. Here is one meal that packs in some healthy brain food, fruits, and yes....veggies! This is my Avocado, Fruit, & Veggie Smoothie!




What is great about this smoothie is that it is also dairy free, which is a must for my 3 year old. This is also a quick and easy meal for those of us who have very little time on our hands who neglect our intake of fruits and veggies.

In a blender:

Puree
2-4 packed cups of spinach (I use 4 cups of organic)
1/2 cup almond milk (or whatever type you prefer)
1/2 to 1 tbs green superfood or spirulina powder (optional, this does add a bit of "vitaminey" taste, but we love it!)
* I puree these first so there are no floating green leaves

Add
1 avocado (yes, you read this correctly. This ingredient is tasteless, but makes the smoothie very creamy and is a source of "good fat", which is crucial to a developing brain)
1 banana (can be omitted, especially if you are wanting low GI fruits)
1 cup of frozen berries (mixed with strawberries is our fave!)
A splash of lime juice (this intensifies the berry flavor)
Puree, adding more milk as needed!

If you want a little more flavor, you can always add a tbs or more of frozen orange juice concentrate to your liking.


Here is my "Leettle" downing his second serving in our RnG swag ;-)


15 comments:

  1. I'm going to have to try this for my kiddos! We are grain free and sugar free. Breakfasts can be difficult because they get sick of eggs and meat. They love smoothies, but I've never snuck an avocado in one! Brilliant idea :) Thanks so much for sharing this with us on Wellness Wedensday @ Intoxicatedonlife.com

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  2. what is that last ingredient in the puree and what type of store can you get it at? i have never heard it before, we live in canada, and i would like to share this with others too if you don't mind. It looks good, besides not knowing what the last ingredient is in the puree

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    1. Green superfood is a powdered source of veggies, the ingredients differ depending on brand and flavors (some have fruit which are a little more kid friendly. My oldest thinks that the plain green superfood tastes "vegetabley", but has never complained about it in a smoothie). My favorite superfood can be purchased at http://amazinggrass.com and there is a store locator on their website.

      Spirulina powder is a type of algae that contains nutrients, minerals, and proteins. The taste does require some getting used to, I would always start out with a little less than the recommended amount.

      These items should be available at any natural foods store, but are also available at vitacost.com, nuts.com, swansonvitamins.com, or an amazon.com.


      Yes! Feel free to share with others :-)

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  3. Just starting enjoying smoothies - this looks like one to try.

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  4. I am not much of a smoothie person but my kiddos are. I love how good for you this is! thanks for sharing

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  5. My kids love smoothies and I am always trying to sneak in some veggies so I will definitely have to try this one!

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  6. I am going to try this in the morning!!! Always trying to get extar veggies in them.

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  7. I will be trying this smoothie for my son. He loves fruits and veggies so I don't think it will be too hard.
    Diane Sabatini
    luvnpeace413@aol.com

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  8. I made this for breakfast and I used vanilla rice milk instead of almond. Delicious!

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  9. Sounds delicious! My daughter would love this smoothie!

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  10. courtney hennagirJuly 4, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    what a great way to get those fruits and veggies in! sounds yummy too!can't wait to make this,thank you!

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  11. Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I'm really excited to try this with my little girl.

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  12. Haven't been brave enough to add avocado to a smoothie but glad to know it can be done!

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  13. Yum! This looks really yummy. I also make an avocado smoothie, but it's much simpler :) avo, strawberry, greek yogurt, a little bit of honey.

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  14. I'll have to try this one with my guy. He's going through a bit of a picky stage.

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