The weather has been fantastic is Sydney, so lovely and warm, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to start giving my daughter some nutrient dense, refreshing smoothies.
Keeping with the theme of our "war on waste," I raided the fridge to get some inspiration and see what needed to be used. I came up with this delicious smoothie which I enjoyed just as much as she did! This smoothie makes a great snack or a wonderful addition to your toddler's breakfast.
Toddler Friendly Green Smoothie
Serves 1 hungry toddler
1/2 a zucchini, raw and unpeeled
1/2 fresh banana
1 large handful of kale (stems removed)
2 organic frozen strawberries
Almond Milk (carrageenan free). I'm trying this one at the moment, which is sold at Aldi.
-----> The more almond milk, the larger (and thinner) the smoothie. Personally, I like thick smoothies, but kids won't be able to drink them if the are too thick, so keep that in mind!
I eyeball the almond milk, but if I had to guess, I'd say about 1/2 a cup would do the trick!
Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Very smooth if you have picky eaters or kids that are sensitive to textures.
Coconut flakes (make sure this is age appropriate for your child)
A drizzle of raw honey if your kids are 1 year +
TIP: I like serving it with a stainless steel straw because it makes less mess and also prevents choking hazards.
Green Smoothie for all Mankind
Serves 1 human
1 cup of fresh organic spinach (organic b/c spinach is in the dirty dozen!)
1 cup of frozen blueberries
1 cup of coconut water
1 frozen banana (cut it up and freeze the night before)
1/2 an avocado
Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend on high until you reach your desired consistency. If you want a more liquid-y smoothie, add more coconut water.
For garnish, you can top it off with extra frozen blueberries, kiwi or shredded coconut.
I LOVE coconut anything! This smoothie is stupidly good, especially if you're a coconut lover like me.
LOCO for COCO(nut) Smoothie
(Serves 1 hungry coconut lover)
2 large handfuls of organic curly kale (no stem)
2 heaped TBS of COYO natural coconut yogurt
1-2 frozen bananas
1 cup of Raw C coconut water
Wash kale well and remove leaves. Toss the stem
1-2 bananas, up to you. Depends how much sugar you want and how creamy you like the consistency
Place all the ingredients in your blender,
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Sorry I use my hands as measuring cups. I'll try to find more accurate measurements next time I make this bad boy!
This really is so easy and it takes no time at all to prepare. When you do your meal prep, you could have the kale and spinach measured / cut / washed in a tupperware so that all you really have to do is grab your lemon, coconut water and frozen mango.
A few things to keep in mind:
The greens don't have to be organic
I use curly kale or tuscan kale
The frozen mango is what makes the smoothie really thick and creamy. If you want an even creamier smoothie, add 1/2 an avocado
Why this smoothie:
Thanks to Joe Rogan's podcast, we discovered Found My Fitness by Dr. Rhonda Patrick. Rhonda is so fun to listen to and has studied the magical powers of sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is naturally produced when cruciferous vegetables are damaged (chewed, cut, blended). It's a cancer fighter, it helps improve gut health, enhances brain function, and some evidence suggest it helps to combat depression.
Pretty amazing stuff.
Other foods that contain sulforaphane are: brussels sprouts, collard greens, broccoli, cabbage, mustard greens, cauliflower, turnip, bok choy, watercress, radish and broccoli raab. I will share more sulforaphane enriched smoothies over the next few weeks.
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What are your favorite smoothie recipes? Comment below and let me know!
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