Tuesday, May 25, 2010

green smoothies!

okay. . . i have had lots of emails and comments about green smoothies since the boys shared in their poems that it is one of their favorite foods. . . .

first i have to share how i do life . . i am not a researcher. . . i get bored, i don't have time, and i don't like it. so i surround myself with great people and trust them and do what they do! like amazing moms, awesome doctors, mentor moms who have lived little kids, grounded thinking educators, and lots of people smarter than me. then i listen to them and tweak it and make my own version that works for our family.

so there is nothing magical about our morning green smoothies. i have fed the boys smoothies for breakfast since they were one. i got most of my ingredients from the book "super baby food" which my sister-in-law recommended to me and i have passed on to many first time moms it is incredible. then the other night at a church meeting two moms i respect tons- linda and heidi told me about the book they had been reading. so the next morning i started putting greens into our smoothies. i am also a get it done person so if i think the idea is good and i really trust the people it is DONE and incorporated into our life! each day the recipe changes with what is in the fridge but here is the main ingredients -
- tofu (a few scoops) - i add this b/c i worry about my girls getting enough protein each day
- 2-3 bananas
- 1-2 cups frozen blueberries (i buy the big bag from costco and we go through one huge bag in about week and a half)
- 2-3 activia yogurts
- odwalla orange juice or v8 splash juice (1 cup about) - i do not like our juice to have any extra sugar
- greens - spinach, kale, parsley ect. . - i usually use three to four cubes - so i buy it in bulk then puree it and freeze in ice cube trays so it is easy to access and the portions are right

this recipe makes a whole blender full with a full glass for five people and small glasses for two little girls. so it is a lot. aaron and i have been drinking them also each morning and grampy of course joins in.
oh yeah how do they taste. . well. . . . .now i never said they were delicious they are not . . they are not bad at all but not delicious . . . drinkable and kind of good:) enjoy! i just love the feeling that everyone starts the day with protein, awesome fruit, yogurt, and GREENS!!!!!! feel free to ask any questions i will answer in the comments.
ps. . if your kids or you are freaked out by the green specs we call it the "green polka-dot smoothie" for lucia. . she loves polka dots! also this is not enough for my boys for breakfast they also have protein milk shakes and a bowl of granola or wheat toast. they are huge eaters!


Jen said...

Love how you sneak in the good stuff by calling it Polka dotted! Looks like the kids love them, for sure!
Have a great night!

Pat and Patty said...

I love you! AND the Mom that you are - a superstar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The gFamily said...

I am impressed! That beats the cocoa krispies I had for breakfast this morning! ;)

Kelsey Eberth said... goes nothin'! Kyle was royally grossed out by the spinach ice cubes, but I warned him there will be a lot more than spinach in those ice cubes in a few years :-)

jones family said...

Is this the same Darcy who informed me when we first met that she did not eat anything with oat, wheat or bran????