When Arielle was asked by Kayla’s guitar teacher what benefits they enjoy as homeschoolers, her immediate response was “We are well-fed!”, with a BIG SMILE on her face. Well, its true! Since they’re at home most of the time, they end up eating more servings of nutritious food and learn to make better food choices, even when we’re out. Though they can’t TOTALLY do away with the bad carbs and the sugary foods YET, at least, they get to EAT MORE of the good stuff and are learning how to eat less of the junk and processed foods. They eat more vegetables and fruits, and get to eat home-cooked (As the only child left staying with my parents, I see it as a blessing! We get to share helpers in the house!) and not just microwave-heated or fastfood meals. A good habit Arielle and Kayla have now is they drink apple carrot juice every night and a glass of smoothie during the day. One of the smoothie recipes I always serve them is this one I call “Creamy Green Smoothie”. I tweaked the recipe from my Blendtec recipe book and am happy with my version 🙂 I love it and the girls love to drink it while they’re studying. Arielle’s mug was gone about 5 seconds after I put everything down on the table for a quick “photo shoot”! She sneaked up on me, grabbed her mug, and brought it with her to her study table 🙂
My ingredients are:
- 1 cup cold almond milk (original recipe is also 1 cup)
- 1 bag of spinach (original recipe calls for 2 cups of spinach though; I blanch the leaves for 2-3 minutes ONLY and reserve about 3/4 to a cup of its green liquid extract from the blanching, and add that green liquid too to the rest of the ingredients; Note that after blanching, my 1 bag of spinach is reduced to only about 1 cup)
- 2 pieces of bananas, chopped into chunks or sliced (original recipe = 1 banana)
- 1 ripe mango, diced (original recipe calls for 1 1/14 cups frozen peaches)
I put everything (in the above order) in my blender and after 40 seconds, we all have our serving of Creamy Green Smoothie!
If you haven’t tried drinking or making a green smoothie, then try this one. It doesn’t taste “yucky” at all because the creaminess of the almond milk and the sweetness of the bananas and mangoes mask the taste and the green-ness of the spinach. Yup, it’s green and it’s yummy! :
Making smoothies is definitely a growth area for me!