My Kids Drink Their Greens: Simple Easy Smoothies To Give Your Kids More Greens

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by Teniel Moore–our Austrailian Raw Foods Contributor

Now that I have your attention……. Do your kids get enough vegetables in their day?
I know as a mum of 3, with 2 younger kids it can be a challenge. But quite simply you can get loads of greens into your little darlings even before they walk out the door for school or kindy that day. It’s as simple as throwing a few items in a blender and off you go.

I have included a few recipes that I make for my kids as an example. But like any recipe you can make it what ever you want. Just remember to include a leafy green and or a vegetable. Lets face it. Most kids get enough fruit in their diet. It’s the veggie part I’m trying to emphasise here.

If you have to start off by hiding the greens you put into your drinks, then do so. Do whatever you can to get your kids enjoying them. After they taste how delicious drinking their greens are, they might not mind you adding the mystery items.

I have come to a point now where I don’t need to hide what I put in. They see me throw in zucchini and kale and they still drink it. Some are more popular than others, so don’t give up. Just keep trying new recipes and combinations until you find what works for your child.

Green Pineapple Smoothie : Aka Tropical Slim

1 cup of good quality coconut water (look for one that has no added sugar)
1 large handful of organic baby spinach
1 Tsp of Raw honey (or your sweetener of choice)
1/2 small pineapple
1/2 zucchini (trust me, you can’t taste it)

Blend until smooth & creamy. Pour into a fun cup or mason jar with a straw. Kids love straws.

 

Banana Smoothie: Aka Nutty Monkey

1 Banana fresh or frozen
1 cup of Almond milk
Generous dash of cinnamon
Stevia to taste
1 Tbls of Nut butter
Dash of vanilla
Ice
1/2 peeled zucchini (I peel the zucchini in this recipe to keep the colour nice)

Blend all in a high-speed blender till smooth & creamy. Pour into fun glasses with a straw.

 

Green Juice : Aka Rise & Shine

1 Small aloe vera leaf (leave this out for newbies)
1 – 2 celery stalks leaves & all
1 bunch of Pak choy or Bok choy
1 green Apple
1 Lemon peeled
Handful of green grapes

Juice all your ingredients. If you do not own a juicer you can blend everything in a high-speed blender & strain through a nut milk bag then pour into a glass and serve with a cute straw.

 

My Tips For Getting Kids To Drink Them

1. Give them a choice of the type of smoothie flavour they want and work from there
2. Let them help you make it
3. Make up crazy silly names for the drinks
4. They gotta taste good
5. Make their smoothies attractive and fun to look at. It’s as simple as giving them a straw or a fun cup, Let them add a topping like coconut, chia seeds, fruit or crunchy nuts or seeds

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 TENIEL MOORE OF ADDICTED TO RAW

Raw Foods Contributor

Raspberry Lemon Yogurt Loaf

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Summer Kitchen Adventures

We have had our share of cloudy summer days here in the Midwest, and although I miss the sunshine on those days, they are great days to stay indoors and get creative!  My youngest daughter, Avery, is always up for an adventure in the kitchen, so on a recent cloudy day we decided to bake up some sunshine of our own and make Raspberry Lemon Yogurt Loaf.

I also have two teenage daughters, Teagan and Colsie, but they are much less enthusiastic to get in the kitchen, so it was all up to Avery and I to make this amazing bread that was full of fruit and oh so moist!

Avery is my very capable baker.  If you follow my instagram feed you’ve seen some of the incredible things she has baked up.  I asked her if she wanted to make this recipe alone and she said “Let’s do it together.” I loved hearing that.  She usually has her own plan and loves independence in the kitchen, so to hear her excitement about doing some summer baking together made this Momma happy.

This loaf was really fun and easy to make.  I love any recipe that involves mixing the dry ingredients, then making a “well” for the wet ingredients.  I also love any recipe that allows me to keep my mixer stored away and clean.

The citrus comes from grated lemon rind, which adds such a great fresh flavor.  Raspberry and lemon go so well together, which makes this bread special, but the ingredient that makes it extra special and moist is Yulu yogurt.

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HELLO YULU. GOODBYE GREEK.

My new favorite brand of yogurt is called Yulu.

I have never been a big fan of the sour taste of yogurt.  I’m a bit picky with my yogurt, as I prefer it to be creamy, but not as thick as Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt tends to be an “acquired taste,” as it is quite tangy, so I have stayed away from it.

Yulu is an Aussie-style yogurt that is made here in the USA.  It is double-smoothed and double-creamed, so it was a whole new yogurt experience for me.  It is not too thick or not too thin. It does not have the too-sour quality that is found in Greek yogurt. I think it tastes divine.

It comes in a container that is see-thru, which I thought was pretty cool and is a clear sign of the honest company that it is.    The ingredient list made me smile as they use real fruit, fruit juice and even vegetable juices for color and flavor– so no artificial colors– and it there is 9 grams of protein in each cup.

If you want to know more about Yulu, you can check them out here  and sign up for the Yulu newsletter for coupons, giveaways & more!  Keep in mind that Yulu is a new product on the market, so check their site for locations & availability in your area.

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Raspberry Yogurt Lemon Loaf

Back to our summer kitchen adventure, I gathered all the ingredients and Avery started in on the measuring.  She was a rockstar with grating the lemon rind, which is not my favorite job so I was happy to let her go to town on that.  It came together in minutes, smelled amazing while baking, & made a great sunshine snack on a cloudy summer day.

Recipe

2 cups plain flour

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 cup vegetable oil (I used coconut oil)

2 eggs

1 cup Yulu Raspberry Yogurt (about 2 small containers)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups rasberries (fresh or frozen)

1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind

 

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Coat a 1lb loaf pan with oil.

Combine flour, sugar, & baking powder in a bowl.  Made a well in the center of the bowl.

In a separate bowl combine oil, eggs, yogurt, and vanilla.

Add wet mixture into the dry well and mix well.

Gently fold in raspberries and lemon rind.

Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake until top is golden and springs back when you gently touch it, and a knife comes out clean.

45-60 minutes.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Yulu. The opinions and text are all mine.