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 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.