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Try a “Greens” Shake!

by Melissa | May 15th, 2008 | Helpful Hints

Are you having trouble getting your youngsters to eat their leafy greens? Put them in a shake! I know, it sounds weird and…well…disgusting, but it’s not as bad as you might think. A “greens” shake is actually quite tasty.

When I say “greens” I’m not talking about pale green iceberg lettuce. I mean dark, rich greens, such as kale, collard greens, and spinach. All three are extremely high in vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin C, not to mention a host of other health benefits.

One way to get a healthy dose of greens is to put them in a breakfast shake. Chances are, your kids won’t even know the greens are hidden inside! All you need is a handful of chopped greens, some frozen fruit, a liquid base, and a high-powered blender.

The only ingredient I measure is the liquid. I just add the rest of the ingredients a little at a time until the shake is the desired thickness and tastes good.

Greens Shake – Makes four to six servings

2 cups liquid – I usually use a fruit juice, such as apple or pineapple. You also can use a mixture of juices or milk.

Greens – Start with a few clean chopped leaves of your choice. As you get used to having the greens in your shake, you can add a larger amount.

Frozen fruit – I like to use a variety of frozen fruit, but I usually include frozen bananas and a dark fruit like blueberries. (Bananas add sweetness and blueberries disguise the “green” part of the shake.) Here are some good ones to include:

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple
  • Cherries
  • Bananas (this is a good way to use up those slightly over-ripe bananas. Just peel them, cut them into chunks, and put them into a freezer bag and freeze until you’re ready for them.)

Be creative, and enjoy!

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