Friday, March 16, 2012

Health Habits // Drinking Green

I know the past few months the web's been abuzz with all kinds of overly elated mommy posts heralding the green smoothie's success in their household, so forgive me. 
I'm here to add one more.

~ Rewind ~ 6 months ago
Me, at bitter ends trying constantly to sneakily instill new vegetables to the boy's daily meals. Steaming, seasoning, chopping, dicing, ect. Hiding and hoping they'd gobble up before they realized what they were actually eating - Which, for the most part, worked out alright - except with Arlo, who's aversion to anything green has been a sore disappointment since infancy... 

But the green smoothie changed everything. As of now we're going on nearly 3 months of almost daily blends. The boys, even crying when they realize we are out of the necessary items which is amazing considering how much spinach is packed into that tasty, frosty treat (something they would never touch otherwise) As a family, it's been a great addition. Even for me. I love veggies, but have a hard time keeping up with fruit requirements - so I get the other end of it. 

As for the actual concoction, we don't have one of those fancy blenders yet, but our old Oyster version seems to be doing the job just fine. We still kinda play around with the recipe, but the super simple blend we started with (for a family sized portion) is as follows:

2 bananas 
1 1/2 - 2 cups of mango, pineapple (depending on your sweet needs)
A couple handfuls o' frozen spinach (depending on your green needs)
8 oz of water & 8 oz of organic apple juice (we like Trader Joe's version)
* sprinkle in berries of your choice if inclined (not a huge fan, so we usually leave them out)

Edit: Don't let the drawing above fool you. These boys are much happier and much messier after their drink than this sketch suggests. And yes, Rex helped out a bit adding his signature scribbles usually saved for Arlo's homework.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy weekend,

p.s: anyone have some tasty versions, feel free to share. We'd like to mix it up a bit come summer.


  1. excuse me, that is the CUTEST DRAWING EVER! i had no idea you were such a good artist; you should be an illustrator!

    i am super into smoothies right now. can't wait to try this version.

  2. hey jessica - i just posted a green smoothie on my food blog - its green :) but a little variation from what you do. I can't wait to try yours! somehow i convinced lucy {my oldest} that different color smoothies make you have super powers. Green makes you run fast {she bolts around the house} and purple makes you really smart. she like to play off the green one best! check out the recipe @


  3. We started juicing in January and I swear, it is the only way Oliver gets any veggies whatsoever. We call it purple juice and he loves it! Kale, spinach, apple, carrot, beet (with greens), and cucumber. Together. Some batches are better than others! One of my favorites is carrot, apple, and ginger.

  4. Congrats on getting healthy goodies into your boys! Remember when we made our lil guys spaghetti sauce a million years ago and I blended broccoli into the marinara? They didn't even know and I remember us giggling while they were scarfing it down- that might have just been Arlo back then, no Leon yet!?

    We were making green smoothies for quite a while too- and yes even the girls were enjoying em. We'd get a huge bag of fresh spinach and frozen bag of mixed fruit (7 or 8 bucks for a huge bag of pineapple, strawberry, papaya, and mango from Costco). add the water and banana and there you have it. I think I quit drinking em because Erick was getting a lil too creative for my taste and adding anything he could find to it including yogurt (which was defeating my theme). HA.. thanks for the reminder, we could use those again!

  5. Jess, you have to try this! I've been on the green smoothie for a while now, all sorts of combos of mostly greens, fruits, herbs, ginger, etc....but just recently found the MOST delicious mixture that the boys and you will LOVE!

    1 1/2c Kale
    1 1/2c Spinach
    1 Banana
    1 1/2c Soy Chocolate Milk
    2 Tablespoons Natural Peanut Butter

  6. Carrie - SO excited to try this one out!! The boys are obsessed with peanut butter so I already know it's a winner. Yay, all these new recipes to test - now if only I could get to the store...