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Green Smoothies: A Great Way To Get Kids To Eat Their Greens

By Fredrica Syren

If, like me, you have children who refuse to eat green vegetables, then let me tell you my secret for getting those pesky greens into them: I make green smoothies for my kids. They love the smoothies but have no idea how good they are for them. My son, who is 15 months old, loves anything I drink. He’s the easy one so far. For my daughter, who is five and more suspicious by nature, I “hide” the greens by adding blueberries, which make the smoothie blue. I usually use beet greens, kale or collard greens. Spinach tends to have more of a strong flavor that is off-putting for some kids.

Green leafy vegetables are the most concentrated source of nutrients of any foods. Greens are a major source of iron, calcium, and vitamin C and K, and are high in antioxidants. Green leafy vegetables should be part of everyone’s daily diet.


Blueberry Green Smoothie

1 ½ cups milk

½ banana

½ cup blueberries

1 tsp. agave nectar

Small handful of greens, stems removed and chopped


Puree everything in a blender for a minute or two until lump free and creamy. Serve cold and with a straw for extra fun.

Super Green Coconut Smoothie ( This is my son’s favorite smoothie)

1 cup coconut water

¼ cup avocado

Small handful of greens such as collard greens, beet greens or kale, stems removed and chopped.


About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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