Okay, bear with me on this “add one more green thing” food excursion, because it’s just not as easy as it sounds. So what we’re doing, it just having that one green thing until we get tired of it and then we plan to replace it with something more awesome that’s green. And by “we” I mean Sillyboy and I. The husband is just a observer because he’s not sure how long our little pact will last.
Juices are all the rage- or at least they were last year. And now- history repeats itself and the smoothie is back ya’ll! (Yes, I say ya’ll on a random basis- don’t hate, hater!).
I was skimming through either the latest issue of Babytalk or Parenting magazines and found a small recipe section for easy smoothies. I’m all about easy- and easy to me is 5 ingredients/steps or less (think Claire Robinson). I attempted to find the online version of the page, but since they are melded together on one site, I haven’t found it yet to share the official copy with you. But share I will, because I totally tore out half the page and promptly stuck on the fridge. Out of the 3 fruity recipes listed, only one met my criteria because it was both green and vegan (i.e. no yogurt or milk). And it was awesome-sauce. Except Sillyboy is freaked out by the bits-o-green that float around. Back to juicing kale instead?
Here’s the supply breakdown:
Green Machine Smoothie
1 cup organic kale (washed and chopped- no stems please!)
1/2 green apple (peeled and chopped)
1/2 banana (peeled and chopped)
1/2 cup of orange juice
3 ice cubes
And there you have it- stick all the ingredients into a blender for about 30 seconds- the Green Machine. I used our Magic Bullet for the one-drink occasion. This is NOT to be confused with Naked Juice’s green machine that contains seaweed and some other many green ingredients. It is delish/sweet/not tangy/fresh/frothy goodness. And a bit textured. Just a tad. If you’re the kind of person who can handle pulp in your orange juice, you wind mind the kale crumbles in there. But if you can’t handle it and pulp makes you gag (like the husband), maybe pouring it through a piece of cheesecloth will work better (like for Sillyboy’s anti-pulp drinking case).
You get your fruit and green servings in there at the start of the day- which is helpful in case you decide to pig out on onion rings later when the kids are in bed. We love us some late night greasy (albeit not often) trips to Sonic. Viola! Green is good. have you figured out any other ways to fit some healthy green food options into your family’s meals?