…hank 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 th…

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!…

Makes: 1 Servings Ready In: 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 … J…

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….

Makes: 4 Servings 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 so…

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!…

…ad to find an alternative way to get my folic acid, iron and antioxidants.  That’s when I started drinking green smoothies.  I think fresh juices are great, but smoothies, which retain all of the fiber and goodness of your ingredients, are better! And now that I’m in my third trimester, I feel like a green smoothie expert after much experimentation.  And, lucky for you, I have found some simple ways to make green smoothies taste delicious because…

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!…

Makes: 3 Servings Ready In: 5 mins Prep Time: 5 mins Cook 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 flavorfu…

…etables and fruits combined. This irrational corporate welfare has lead to fruit and vegetable prices increasing 40% since 1980 and processed foods decreasing 40%. Chips are cheaper than fruit. So, if you have $3 a day for meals, you’re likely buying fast food, soda, chips, and other (subsidized) empty calories. Empty calories that lead to malnutrition and obesity. These kids are overfed, undernourished, and hungry. And today 2/3 of of middle sch…

…ccording to the Institute of Medicine, toddlers aged 1-3 require at least 13g of protein every day and kids aged 4-8 require 19g. In order to meet their daily requirements, I recommend including 4-7g at every meal – starting with breakfast. Here are three easy ways to ensure your child is getting enough. Kid-friendly classics There are lots of kid-friendly ways to serve up protein for breakfast. A tablespoon of organic peanut butter contains 5g o…

…. 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 a simple smoothie?  Lots. And, your little picky eaters will never know the difference.  You can pack a lot of nutrition in a smoothie. So what if it’s consumed through a straw?   Set the example – You can’t get your little mini me’s to eat nutritiously when they see…

…s,  is very filling and satiates little tummies quickly, leaving little room for anything else.   Make it a Smoothie. If your child insists on something to drink, a smoothie, frozen or simply chilled, can be a power-packed, easy solution.  While it might contain milk or juice, adding boosters such as chia seeds,  plain Greek yogurt or a seed/nut butter will start their day right even if they forgo traditional breakfast.  Or, try a Smoothie I…

…e 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 f…