Saturday, January 18, 2014

Sneaky Green Smoothie Recipe

Sneaky Green Smoothie Recipe #creativegreenliving
Green smoothies are so good for you. Feeding your kids spinach will give them a high dose of vitamin A as well as a good boost of vitamin C and Calcium. Combining it with nonfat, high protein greek yogurt from our sponsors at Stonyfield provides a great boost of both protein and calcium - perfect for little growing bodies!

The problem, of course, if that many kids are averse to eating or drinking green things- even when it doesn't "taste green". So what's a mom to do? Be sneaky of course!
Sneaky Green Smoothie Recipe #creativegreenliving



Ingredients 

Makes 2 servings (approx 14 ounces each)


Pro Tip:

    Use frozen blueberries and a frozen banana to add thickness to a smoothie without watering it down. If desired you can add additional frozen fruit or ice to thicken it even more!
    Nutrition information is approximate and may vary based on the freshness and brand of your ingredients. Creative Green Living always recommends using organic produce whenever possible. Nutrition information calculated at: Calorie Count


    Directions

    The sneaky green secret: 

    The trick to successfully hiding spinach in a smoothie is to pre-blend the spinach so that there are no telltale green bits left behind!

    Step 1:

    Add two large handfuls of fresh organic baby spinach to a blender with 1/2 cup of orange juice and blend very well - make sure you keep blending until all of the green pieces are gone.

    Step 2:

    Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. 

    Step 3:

    Serve in your favorite smoothie glass (I love Ball pint size mason jars!) with a cute paper straw.

    Sneaky Green Smoothie Recipe #creativegreenliving


    Sneaky Green Smoothie

    Sneaky Green Smoothie

    Yield: 1
    Author:
    prep time: 10 Mcook time: total time: 10 M
    This tasty smoothie is a great way to get spinach in your diet. Hide it in a green smoothie that isn't actually green!

    ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup orange juice
    • 2 large handfuls organic raw baby spinach
    • 1 cup Stonyfield Organic Nonfat Vanilla Greek Yogurt
    • 1 cup frozen organic blueberries
    • 1/2 frozen banana
    • 1/4 cup 100% cranberry juice (the unsweetened kind)

    instructions:

    How to cook Sneaky Green Smoothie

    1. Add two large handfuls of fresh organic baby spinach to blender with 1/2 cup of orange juice. Blend very well. Keep blending until all of the green pieces are gone.
    2. Add remaining ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
    3. Serve & Enjoy!

    NOTES:

    Pro Tip: Use frozen blueberries and a frozen banana to add thickness to a smoothie without watering it down. If desired add additional frozen fruit or ice to thicken it even more!
    Calories
    289
    Fat (grams)
    0.6
    Carbs (grams)
    47.5
    Fiber (grams)
    3.4
    Sugar (grams)
    37.1
    Protein (grams)
    25.4
    Sodium (milligrams)
    122
    Cholesterol (grams)
    6
    Nutrition information is approximate and may vary based on the freshness and brand of your ingredients.
    green smoothie recipe, spinach smoothie, healthy yogurt smoothie recipe
    Beverage
    American

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    Carissa Bonham

    About the Author:

    Carissa Bonham is a cookbook author and busy mom of two creative boys. The owner and lead writer at Creative Green Living, she has won multiple awards for her work on Creative Green Living including the "Best Green Lifestyle Blogger" award in 2019 from ShiftCon.

    She is the author of the hardcover cookbook, Beautiful Smoothie Bowls, as well as the backyard chicken keeping guide: Proven Techniques for Keeping Healthy Chickens. Her recipes have been featured in Urban Farm Magazine and in several cookbooks where she was a contributing author. Follow her on PinterestInstagramTwitter or join the Creative Green Living Tribe on Facebook.

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    5 comments:

    1. Do i drink this for breakfast or during the course of the day as its a detox right ??

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      1. You could really drink it whenever. Drinking just one green smoothie like this is great for nutritional benefits. You would need to drink more than one of these to get much of a "detox" effect.

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    2. My kids love this smoothie. I make it for them for an after school snack. They are the pickiest eaters ever and they will drink the whole pitcher. I only used one handful of spinach for them and just regular stoneyfield vanilla yogurt, but it still comes out really tasty :) Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!! I'm so glad I finally found a way to add some greens into their diet.

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      1. Comments like this totally make my week! Thanks for sharing your positive feedback. I'm glad your kids are loving this recipe.

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