Summer’s a ripe season for smoothies. If your kids are like mine, they love these berry tasty, creamy, sweet drinks laden with colorful and nutritious fruits such as strawberries and bananas but how about adding some color — as in green — to your smoothies?
It’s easy to get my kids to eat their daily servings of fruits (mangoes are a favorite this time of the year) but much harder to get them to eat their veggies. So I decided to shake things up a bit this summer and make them drink it. To boost their veggies intake — and please don’t tell my kids — I sneak in some leafy greens such as kale and spinach and add some other veggies such as cucumbers and carrots but balance it out with fruits they love. Pineapples, bananas, strawberries and blueberries help mask the flavor and color of the greens. I blend in some yogurt for a good measure of protein and probiotics.
“Smoothies are a great way to give your child vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients,” says Pamela J. Donnelly, a mother of two who is also a holistic health and fitness coach, and founder of Return To Eden Holistic Health Corp. based in Suffolk. "In this form, they are easier to digest and are assimilated quickly."
When introducing green smoothies for the first time to your child, however, Donnelly suggests taking baby steps. "The first few smoothies can be cold, sweet and with a touch of vegetables," she said. "A good tasting smoothie is chopped apples, strawberries, bananas and a small amount of baby spinach. The natural sweetness of the fruit will offset the taste of the greens. Another great way to support their transition into green smoothies is to let them see you drinking them. Lead by example.”
Sometimes a mom’s job is just peachy. Let’s go green this summer and drink up to good health!