Green-is-Good Smoothie

green smoothie

Packed with nutrients and an entire serving of leafy greens in each dose, this brightly colored smoothie is high in calcium, Vitamins A,B,C,E and K  as well as folate, and potassium. Impressive, right? What can we say? Green is good (or GREAT actually!).

Despite the health benefits of leafy greens, they are not always a favorite among little ones. To balance out the flavor, in this delicious smoothie we add in the natural goodness of fresh or frozen fruit (and if needed, a spoonful of honey!).

Invite your kids up on the counter to mix this fresh sipper up together. Blend and enjoy!

Serves: 4 (8-ounce or 1 cup) portions

Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

4 cups loosely packed organic baby spinach, washed well

3/4 cup orange juice-calcium fortified

3/4 cup fat-free milk (or Greek yogurt for a protein punch!)

1 ripe banana

1 cup light colored fruit, any combination (pineapple, peaches, mangoes, honeydew, etc.)
1 tsp honey (optional)

Directions:

Add ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend for one minute on high power.

 

Mommy RD Tip: While you can certainly be flexible with ingredients when whipping up a smoothie, to maintain this vibrant green color, avoid using dark colored fruits like strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries they tend to turn the smoothie a dark color. Though if your kiddos are not so keen on the idea of a green drink, opt for those bright blueberries to mask the leafy ingredient.

 

Nutrition Facts (1 cup): 90 calories, 0 grams fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 65 mg sodium, 350 mg potassium, 20 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 15 g sugar, 3 g protein, 60% vitamin A, 60% vitamin C, 10% calcium, 6% iron