I’ve been able to get more greens into my kids this summer than ever before, thanks to our new Vitamix blender. I have been wanting a Vitamix for years, and finally saved enough Amazon bucks (thanks to you all clicking on my amazon links in the sidebars!) to get one for our family. They are pricey, but MY WORD they are worth every penny.
We have been making green smoothies at least 5 times a week. I’ve been freezing them in Popsicle holders which my kids love. Kids are used to seeing green Popsicles, so this is a great way to get picky little ones to eat green.
Back to the Vitamix. I got the top of the line, the professional series 750 The difference in this blender compared to others is its power. I can make crushed ice in seconds. It chops our greens so small that they just end up coloring the smoothie, there are no tiny green pieces to get stuck between your teeth or for your kids to turn their noses up to. The series 750 has pre-programmed settings so I can walk away and let it do its thing. There is a smoothie setting, a puree setting (oh my the peach and strawberry puree’s I’ve made are to die for!) a soup setting (it whips so fast that it creates just enough heat to make perfect soup), and my fav, the self -cleaning setting. You just fill the container half full of water, add a drop of dish soap, and push the button. It cleans itself!
Here is more from the Vitamix website:
It is big, POWERFUL, and I love it. If you have been thinking about getting a Vitamix, I highly recommend them! If you use this link from Amazon I will get percentage of your purchase, which I will put towards the food dehydrator I’ve been eyeing..and will be most grateful.
Shipping was free through Amazon and delivery was quick. I was a happy girl the day this came in the mail!
On to our green smoothie! This is a delicious smoothie that my girls really like. It has twice the amount of fruit most green smoothies have compared to greens, so it is a good started smoothie. As you get used to the flavor of greens, I encourage you to use less fruit and more greens.
Green Smoothie For Kids
2 cups (I use handfuls) or spinach or kale ( I used baby kale)
1 cup water
1 cup frozen mango
1 cup frozen pineapple
2 frozen (or not) bananas
Place greens and water in blender. Blend until greens pieces disappear. Add the fruit. Blend until smooth.
If you look at the recipe, it counts for 8 servings of fruits and vegetables. This recipe made enough for my 3 girls to have about 4 ounces each, and I had about 12 ounces, which means this counted for 4 of my 8 daily servings of fruits and veggies for the day! Not bad for a snack, huh? This is precisely why I am a big fan of green smoothies.
Isn’t the color amazing? This is sweet, tropical-tasting, and delicious!
The bananas make it so creamy. I always make sure I have frozen bananas in my freezer, as they are the base for most of our green smoothies.
More smoothie recipes to come!
What do you think of green smoothies?
Have you tried them?
What is your favorite fruit/greens combination?