Can you keep a secret? My seven year old son loves this smoothie. Yep, he drinks a green smoothie and he loves it! But he has NO idea that there’s spinach in it. In fact, the first time I made one for him, he asked if I had any more kiwis. He thought the green was kiwi and I didn’t tell him differently. Lying by omission is a parenting technique I’m not afraid to use. Here’s the thing, though, if he ever finds out, he’ll never eat another one. So, please, do your best to keep this recipe top secret.
This healthy smoothie is a perfect St. Patrick’s Day treat. The kids don’t have to know it is really not a dessert, but a vitamin packed super smoothie. After your kiddos finish one off, you can high five yourself in secret for pulling a nutritious fast one on them.
I’ve seen recipes for these floating around lately, but was a little afraid of ruining an otherwise good smoothie with spinach. Then, I saw a post by the fabulous Melanie Mauer and decided it was time to give them a try. Even though this recipe contains spinach, you’ll never taste it. It just tastes like fresh fruit! It’s a great way to get some greeens without eating a salad.
1 very ripe banana
heaping 1/2 cup frozen fruit, such as peaches, pineapple, mango
3/4 cup orange juice
2 handfuls fresh, organic baby spinach
Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.
Tip: Make sure to choose a ripe banana. The banana gives the smoothie its creaminess, so if it’s not ripe, the smoothie will be a little chunky. If you want to add some protein, add 1/2 to 1 cup greek yogurt to the smoothie.