Monday, June 17, 2013

Berry Green Smoothie

After reading The China Study recently I was inspired to make some changes about the foods we eat. Learning how much healthier a plant-based diet is has inspired me to help my family makes some better food choices. I also have been reading several books by Dr. Joel Furhman who shares his experiences with patients in his practice as well as research he has located to support a plant-based diet to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. Currently I am reading Super-Immunity by Dr. Furhman and learning how some simple foods can help reduce the chance of cancer, heart disease, and obesity.

After learning about the best foods to boost immunity I got to thinking about how to encourage my picky daughters to eat more of the Super Foods Dr. Furhman talks about, namely greens, seeds, and berries. The berries are easy but the other items can be more of a challenge. The idea of a kid-friendly green smoothie came to me.

Audrey has had small sips of my green smoothies in the past and on one or two occasions had an entire serving. Mo is a different story. I needed some way to get them to want to drink an entire serving.

Dr. Furhman includes pomegranate as one of his super foods as well as blueberries so I decided to include those ingredients. Mo loves what she calls black juice, pomegranate juice. They both love all things berries. We keep fresh and frozen in the house at all times.

Here is the recipe I came up with. It was a huge hit.

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
Place all items in the blender and process very well. The banana makes a creamy froth at the top my girls enjoyed. Makes 3-4 adult servings. My girls each had 2 4oz servings.

The entire family can help with this recipe. I like to get all of the ingredients ready to pour into the blender but older children can help with this.

Bed-head and mommy's t-shirt jammies.

Ready to blend.

That is her second glass!

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