Green Smoothie for Kids
St. Patrick’s Day provides a great opportunity for parents of veggie averse kids to sneak, er, creatively inspire, kids to eat something green. This tasty smoothie is great for breakfast or dessert. And it’s green. But since it’s St. Patrick’s day, that’s cool, right? The secret ingredient?
1 cup of raw baby spinach has only 6 calories but is high in Vitamin A and C (you can get more than half of your RDA for vitamin A in one cup of spinach!). It also has significant calcium and Iron. When blended with fruit into a green smoothie you can’t even taste it but you still reap all those great nutritional benefits. The only trace it leaves behind is the green color….which of course is because it’s a “leprechaun smoothie” (or shake, if your kids prefer).
Lucky Leprechaun Green Smoothie
- 1 cup raw baby spinach
- 3/4 cup milk, milk substitute or water
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup frozen peaches
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
Makes 2 servings
Step 1: Put the spinach and your liquid of choice into a blender and blend very very well. Keep going until all the little tiny pieces of spinach turn into a smooth green liquid
Step 2: Add your banana and frozen peaches. Blend until smooth.
Step 3: Add the frozen strawberries. Blend. Add ice cubes or more liquid until it is the desired consistency.
You end up with a tasty drink that is full of good-for-you stuff. Tell your kids that they get to have green milkshakes for breakfast and I’m sure you’ll be praised as the coolest mom around.
Carissa of Creative Green Living started her journey to a greener lifestyle with the birth of her baby boy in 2010. She blogs at Creative Green Living about crafts, recipes, gardening, parenting and green lifestyle. She loves teaching others about how to make creative and green choices for families on a budget.
I’m so excited that Carissa will be sharing a creative kids’ recipe each month here at B-Inspired Mama. I love that she really cares about kids’ nutrition and yet making food fun for kids. I can’t wait to see what my kids think when they see a yummy green smoothie waiting for them on St. Patrick’s Day morning!
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Of course, if you think your kids absolutely won’t have anything to do with it green hue despite your clever Leprechaun marketing strategy, it is darn tasty without the spinach, as well!
Mary Catherine of Fun-A-Day! says
This looks delicious . . . do I have to share with my kiddo? 🙂 Just joking! If I make a smoothie like this, he won’t have anything to do with it. However, if HE makes the exact same one he tends to love it. Thanks for the idea!
Krissy @ B-InspiredMama says
My kids are the same way, Mary Catherine! I hope he’ll give it a try for you. 🙂
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days says
I walk by the green smoothies at Whole Foods determined to try one, and then I chicken out… I’m just going to have to give in and try one soon. My kids might even join me with a fun name like leprechaun smoothie! Yours looks and sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing at the After School Link up.
Antionette Blake says
This is my daily smoothie recipe, I also use blueberries and carrots.
Lisa Nelson says
This is super cute and healthy – but my kids would never ever drink it. Not in a million years. Hahahaha!
The idea is primo though!