Victoria is back again today with an awesome recipe! This is definitely something I can use… who needs an energy boost more than a momma with a newborn and a two-year-old recovering from surgery?! In case you could use a little boost too, let’s get to the good stuff!
Hi it’s me again! Today I’m sharing another family favorite recipe that my kids love and helps give us some fuel to start out our day.
I’m a huge fan of smoothies but not all are created equal. Depending on what you include in yours, some smoothies can have as much sugar (if not more) than a milk shake. But made with some simple ingredients smoothies can also provide a wealth of nutrients and vitamins. I make this Power Smoothie just about every morning and both of my kids (ages 1 and 3) LOVE it! In fact if it’s a morning where I don’t make one my son whines for it. While my kids are pretty good eaters when it comes to vegetables, it’s always a bonus to sneak in some more in creative ways. One of the reasons I have termed this a Power Smoothie is because it contains some power greens, either Kale or Spinach. Let’s be honest Kale is not exactly the easiest green to eat in it’s raw form but it contains so many nutrients that it is an important leafy green to eat. I have found that by blending it in a smoothie you hide the bitter taste among the sweet berries. You can use any greens, I started with spinach and then switched to Kale, to add to your smoothie.
Serves: 2 servings
- 1 cup frozen berries (I prefer to use blackberries, blueberries and raspberries)
- 2 Tbsp ground flax (heaping spoonfuls)
- 1½ cup Kale or Spinach (about 2 big, heaping handfuls)
- 1 Banana ½ cup fresh Pineapple or 1 small Kiwi
- 1 cup Almond or Coconut milk (I prefer to use Coconut milk for the good fats but it is usually more expensive plus harder to find than Almond milk. Just be sure to read the ingredient label, I buy the unsweetened variety that doesn't contain any extra sugars or added ingredients. Some day I'm going to attempt to make my own!)
- ¼ - ½ cup of water to help blend smooth
- **optional 2 Tbsp almond butter for protein
- Combine all the ingredients in the blender, I start with only ¼ cup of water, and blend until smooth.
- Add more water to thin the smoothie out if you wish, I prefer to have a thinner smoothie.
- This makes enough for me to have a glass and to fill two sippy cups about halfway full for my kids.
This is great paired with some turkey sausage or a bowl of oatmeal for a complete nourishing breakfast. The ground flax provides essential omega-3 fatty acids and fiber which is good to help balance out the natural sugars from the fruits and helps you to feel full longer. This is a favorite among our family in the morning but I have also made this a few times during the day for lunch or a simple pick me up. I hope you enjoy! Be sure to stop by Creative Home Keeper for me family favorites!
Thanks Victoria! That sounds delicious! Check out all of Victoria’s awesome content on Creative Home Keeper.