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Spinach Fruit Smoothie – Thank Goodness for My Blender!

by | Food

I’ve added more detailed pictures to my Kitchen Renovation post, so go check it out!  You can ogle my crazy pantry!

 

I’m not sure where my mind has been, but I’ve been completely baffled on how to get J to eat green vegetables.  Now that he likes to feed himself, he will very deliberately pick out only the things he wants out of his dish, and basically leaves all but any sort of pasta behind.  I figured he had a hard time chewing the green leafy stuff, you know, without molars and all, but they’re coming in now, so it’s high time to get started on the leafy greens.  I made bok choy the other night, and he ate the crunchy stems, but if there was a hint of a leaf, he spat it out.  We’ve been making do with the little squeezee packs from Plum Organic and Happy Baby, where there’s some sort of fruit and vegetable combination in semi-solid form.  Beats me why I didn’t think of just making it myself.  Serious loss of brain capability there.

Anyways, a friend told me her trick of making smoothies with spinach in it and feeding it to her son as a drink.  My first reaction was “gross!  spinach and banana?!  are you kidding me?!”, but I bought spinach the other day, just in case.  Then I saw the idea again on a linky party today, and thought maybe I’m being hit over the head with this concept, so I made my first banana-spinach smoothie tonight….and WHAT A HIT!  J drank an entire cup, and got rewarded with pizza for dinner 🙂

Spinach Fruit smoothie

 

I don’t have quantities for a recipe, since I had no idea what I was doing and really just hoped for the best, but here’s my best guess:

 

Ingredients:

1 banana

1 pear

2 cup of milk

1 handful of spinach leaves

1 tablespoon of honey

 

Blend well.  BOOM, you’re done.  Add more liquid if you, like me, intend on feeding it to a picky eater through a straw.  The best part is, you can’t taste the spinach!  It looks funky, but it tastes like a banana-honey milkshake!

After a while, J decided that playing with the straw was more fun than drinking from the straw, so I hacked together a “straw sippy cup” with Press n Seal and a rubberband.

 

This is probably not a combination I’m going to mess with though.  I can’t quite imagine it going well with strawberries or swiss chard, but you better believe I’ll be on the lookout for other green veggie smoothies to trick my kid into drinking!

 

6 Comments

  1. Teresa

    Nice! We are on a smoothie kick over here. I snuck in some broccoli and it was undetected my next step will be spinach. I never thought of adding honey, but banana + honey sounds delish!

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  2. Adrianne

    Awesome. I made all my daughter’s food when she would still take it on a spoon, but now that she can feed herself, she won’t let me feed her anything, and she won’t pick up anything that squishes… this includes fruit, veggies, meat, eggs, tofu… yeah. I am at my wit’s end trying to get her to eat anything besides toast and cheerios. It never occurred to me to see if she will drink it!! Thanks for the share!

    Found your blog at the Linky hop, following you now. Come by Happy Hour Projects and say hello – I’ve got a link party that starts at 5:00 EST that this would make a great addition to. 😉

    Adrianne
    http://www.happyhourprojects.com

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  3. Grateful4Crochet

    I do a version for myself, I mix spinach, oranges, ginger, celery in the blender and drink it. You’re right, the taste of the spinach is not obvious, but it looks disgusting!!
    I have never thought of mixing with milk and banana so may give that a go- thanks 🙂

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  4. Loren Crane

    I just love that idea and I going to use it with my picky eater too. I am a new follower coming from so cheri blog hop. I am following on GFC & Linky and I hope you do the same @pandoras-craftbox.com

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  5. Janny

    A few months ago I saw a demonstration for this fancy ($400) juicer at Costco. I read through the ingredients in my sample cup and ran home to try it out. I was surprised how yummy spinach tastes when it’s mixed together with tasty fruits. I made it with pineapple and spinach.

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  6. Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters

    I have a picky eater as well and we live off of those squeezy packets but they can get $$$ – even thou I always try to buy them on sale. What a great idea! I am going to have to try it out! Thanks for sharing at Two Sasters!!

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