…ank you Mom.  May I have seconds?”  Not your kid?  Not mine either. So, I’d like to introduce you to the sneaky smoothie.  That’s not an actual recipe, but what I call a smoothie that is disguising healthy greens.  I’m sure you’ve heard of green smoothies.  Same thing, different name.  When it comes to getting your children to consume their veggies, who cares if it’s done through a straw. One trick you can try is to ask your kids if they like the…

Makes: 1 Servings Ready In: 5 mins Prep Time: 5-10 mins Cook Time: Cuisine: American Course: Beverage Skill Level: Beginner Okay, the image above is stretching it a little — there is no whipped cream topping for this luscious smoothie, but it’s so good it tastes like there could be!…

Makes: 1 Servings Ready In: 10 mins Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: Cuisine: American Course: Beverage Skill Level: Easy This refreshing green smoothie is a great post workout drink. It is hydrating, full of good greenness and a nice little dose of fat. I like to think of it as a green Piña Colada, or a “Greeña Colada.” I feel so healthy drinking it!…

…: 5 mins Prep Time: 5-10 mins Cook Time: Cuisine: American Course: Beverage Skill Level: Beginner Like the “little black dress” this basic smoothie can be dressed up by adding a few “accessories”. Not in the mood for pineapple? No problem, use blueberries, or apple, or peach, or mango or … you get the idea. No chard in the fridge? No worries. Use spinach, or kale, or romaine or … Just remember, the nutritiona…

Makes: 4 Servings Ready In: 2 mins Prep Time: 2 mins Cook Time: Cuisine: American Course: Beverage Skill Level: Child Friendly Instead of always feeling like you want your kids to eat their greens, drink them up instead with this green monster smoothie!…

Makes: 1 Servings Ready In: 10 mins Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: Cuisine: American Course: Snack A scrumptious balance of protein, carbs and chocolaty goodness make this smoothie a winner. Dr. Greene suggests you use organic ingredients when possible, especially for dairy and egg products. …

Makes: 1 Servings Ready In: 5 mins Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: Cuisine: American Course: Beverage Skill Level: Beginner The name might gross you and I out but trust me, kids love drinking “slime”….

Makes: 1 Ready In: 5 mins Prep Time: 5-10 mins Cook Time: Cuisine: American Course: Beverage Skill Level: Beginner Avocados in smoothies add a creamy richness that’s filled with healthy-fats. Hint: leave the avocado pit in the half you don’t use for this recipe to keep the avocado green longer….

Makes: 2 Servings Ready In: 10 mins Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: Cuisine: American Course: Beverage Skill Level: Beginner Here are some simple ways to make green smoothies taste delicious because who wants a drink that just tastes like blending spinach or kale….

…vings Ready In: 5 mins Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: Cuisine: American Course: Beverage Skill Level: Easy This Smoothie is delicious and quick to make. It’s great for breakfast or an any-time-snack. You can use a variety of frozen fruits to make this recipe. Frozen Acai, a super-fruit loaded with antioxidants, is a nice addition. Always select organic, whole bean soy-milk. “Organic” because so much conventional soy is Genetical…

Makes: 6 Servings Ready In: 5 mins Prep Time: 5-10 mins Cook Time: Cuisine: American Course: Beverage Skill Level: Beginner This smoothie is creamy and sweet with bright little specks of orange zest in each sip, and the frothy top is a huge hit with the kids. It makes a great treat at brunch or can be served as a light, refreshing dessert….

Makes: 2 Servings Ready In: 5 mins Prep Time: 5-10 mins Cook Time: Cuisine: American Course: Snack Skill Level: Easy Smoothies are one of the quickest ways for your body to digest and assimilate nutrients being sure to give you a boost of energy! Have a smoothie any time of day!…

…just tastes like blending spinach or kale.  I look forward to the extra boost of energy that comes from a green smoothie in the morning and I’m sure baby loves it too. My favorite green smoothie recipe: The Tropical Green Smoothie ½-1 cup of organic apple juice (or white grape juice) a handful of ice cubes 1-2 large leaves of kale 1-2 cups of spinach 1/3 cup chopped fresh pineapple ¼ small lime with peel removed Optional additives: chia seeds…

Makes: 1 Servings Ready In: 10 mins Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: Cuisine: American Course: Beverage Skill Level: Easy Ginger soothes the tummy and warms the heart — making this a great recipe for mom’s with morning sickness!…

…Time: Cuisine: American Course: Beverage Skill Level: Easy This is a wonderful way to cool down and quench your thirst on a hot summer afternoon. The smoothies are very quick and easy to make. This is a healthy alternative to a high sugar snack.   Feel good about serving the kids bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, yogurt, honey, orange juice, and ice. They are so flavorful and delicious – the kids will love every last sip….

…y calories that lead to malnutrition and obesity. These kids are overfed, undernourished, and hungry. And today 2/3 of of middle school and high school students in the US already have middle age health problems — related to what they eat. We can do so much better. We almost eliminated hunger in the 1970’s. We can do it again. I’m proud to be the pediatric advisor for Plum Organics. Together we created a Super Smoothie specifically designed…

…ef, or fish provides 7 grams of protein. Protein in a hurry For extra busy mornings, adding protein powder to a smoothie is a great option. Smoothies also allow you to add other healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables to the menu. My recommendation for a healthy protein powder is Vega’s Protein Smoothie, which delivers plant-based protein. 1/3 of a package (26g) gives your child 5 grams of protein. Add banana or berries and you’ve got a grea…

…snack times.  For some reason kids love to dip their food in things.   Give them their own cookbook – There are a lot of cookbooks out there that are geared to kids of all ages. My younger boys love to look at the pictures and plan on the things they are going to make. My youngest one now wants his own apron, chef hat and cooking show.  Hmmm….   Become friends with the smoothie – Do you know how much you can hide in…

…eek yogurt or a seed/nut butter will start their day right even if they forgo traditional breakfast.  Or, try a Smoothie Ice Pop in the morning, made with your kiddo the night before.  My favorite is from The Hopefull Company’s Bellyfull Kit, which includes pop molds that are PVC, BPA and Phthalate free.  The kit comes with  20 “wipe-able” recipe cards perfect for little hands and bundled on a ring, each with a fun picture to encourage healthy ea…

…of those heart-healthy foods. Breakfast Who says vegetables aren’t for breakfast? You can try a blueberry-beet smoothie, or a kale, apple and avocado version to get out the door with a few servings of veggie before the day gets going full force. Super Green Smoothie: Blend one peeled, seeded avocado with one cup no sugar added apple juice, one cup of ice, a handful of baby kale (cleaned), squeeze of lemon juice, and one Tbs. of agave juice. A fe…