RECIPE: Blueberry, Banana and Spinach Smoothie

BLueBerry SPinach and banana

You tired of smoothie recipes yet?

“Not even close, BUD!” (Read it like Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club)

I’m telling you: GREENS. They’re the most nutritionally dense food out there. They help heal your cells! So eat ’em! Every meal.

A spinach smoothie is the easiest way to get you and your family to “uh, get your green on” (read like Missy Elliot “Get your freak on”).

So, “Do it” (Read it like Ben Stiller in Starsky & Hutch)

When Bananas start to threaten ‘rot-age’, peel them, but keep them wrapped in their skins, and throw them in the freezer.  Then  pop a frozen banana (skinless) in to your smoothie, instead of ice to make it cold. Bananas are a healthier way to sweeten your smoothie, because they have 12% of your daily fiber, and tons of vitamin B6 and manganese. Yes they have potassium too, but not as much potassium as….wait for it….can you guess…GREENS!

In a vitamix or blender of choice combine the following INGREDIENTS:

1 frozen banana (1/2 a ‘nanner if you’re not so sweet)

1/4-1/2 frozen or fresh organic blueberries

1 cup organic spinach

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 cup filtered water

4 dashes of cinnamon

1 tsp maca powder (optional)

Enjoy! and don’t forget to share! with kids and babies and neighbors, officemates, an all!

RECIPE: Summer Popsicle Smoothie

Popsicles

Save yourself a sliver of summer by freezing this season’s sweet treats!

Making these homemade popsicles can also be a fun family activity to enjoy!

The “fruits of your labor” are a refreshing snack, dessert, or just the thing for that sweet craving on a hot summer day.

In a blender combine:

1 cup organic strawberries

2 cups chopped watermelon

1 orange (peeled, seeds ok)

1 cup ice

1/2 cup water

Pour mixture into cube trays or popsicle trays and enjoy the left-over as a smoothie!

RANT: Free Baby Food!

Pip Spinach smoothie

If you had asked me 5 years ago whether I’d be making my own baby food, I woulda’ thought you Nutzo!

A) because I didn’t have a baby 5 years ago and

B) because who the heck makes their own baby food?

Actually a lot of people…and it’s easier than you think, especially when you make something healthy that you yourself would eat and feed it to your baby? Novel concept, huh?

And it’s especially easy when it’s a smoothie… just drip a few dollops in your baby’s bowl, in between your gulps of goodness.

Whipping up a green smoothie is a super sneaky way to get your baby’s ‘veggies on’. Remember spinach is a great source of iron and has NO TASTE when added to smoothies.  And homemade smoothies are a helluva lot better than cold peas. Eeegghhhk.

Great smoothie recipes for you and your bebe:

Spinach & Cantaloupe Smoothie

Oatmeal Smoothie (if nut allergy, substitute water for almond milk)

Apple-licious Smoothie

Peach and Carrot Juice Smoothie

***REMEMBER TO NEVER SWEETEN SMOOTHIES WITH HONEY IF FEEDING A LESS THAN 12 MONTH OLD!***

RECIPE: Spinach and Cantaloupe Smoothie (Also a Healthy Baby Food)

Simple, sweet (ish), crisp and clean. What’s not to love about this 3 ingredient nutrient rich smoothie?

Spinach and cantaloupe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup organic spinach

1 slice of canteloupe

1/2 cup filtered water

3 cubes of ice

In a blender combine all of the above and enjoy! Parents, save some for your kids or baby!

Pip Spinach smoothie