I tend to overthink things. Especially parenting. I constantly remind myself that my own behavior has a direct influence on the people my own children will become.
I'm not just talking about the big stuff, like the examples I set in my marriage and how I talk to people. I also think about it in the day-to-day stuff, like eating habits and housekeeping.
I'm definitely not perfect, but sometimes it hits me that improvements I make in my own life could result in better lives for my children.
One thing that seems to be on both my mind and my husband's mind lately is our diet. Neither of us have stellar eating habits, and it's not lost on me that the serving of fruits or vegetables (mostly fruits) that Haiden and Piper have at every meal would also be good for me.
So James and I decided that while the two of us should add more produce to our diets, all of us should be eating more veggies.
But I have this problem: I don't like preparing vegetables. I feel like most of them take time to taste good, and I rarely allow myself time in the kitchen for that. I also worry that valuable nutrition is lost in so many different cooking methods, and that adds to my reluctance.
Then I listened to a podcast discussing green smoothies. I've had them in the past and I liked them, but I had forgotten all about them.
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It struck me that green smoothies would be an easy way to add a lot of vegetables to our diet. If I could find a kid-friendly green smoothie recipe, a green smoothie my kids loved, I wouldn't have to worry about lengthy preparation or losing nutrients.
A green smoothie kids love!
I found more than one, but one I came up with on my own is my kids' favorite green smoothie. The Cherry Banana Berry Green Smoothie recipe has strawberries, blackberries, banana and two handfuls of fresh spinach!
Green Smoothie Preparation notes:
First, Measuring fresh spinach is weird. It needs to be packed into a measuring cup. One cup of fresh spinach is roughly one handful, so I skip the measuring cups.
Second, green smoothie ingredients need to be layered in your blender container, and the order matters!
I love the Ninja blender system I'm using because it comes with single-serving/two-serving smoothie cups as well as a full-size pitcher. The cups make smoothies a breeze, and the biggest cup lets me make two full 16-ounce green smoothies at once!
Here's how you layer ingredients if you're using a single-serve blender cup. Remember that you'll turn the cup upside down onto the blender, so put your green smoothie ingredients into the cup in this order:
- Spinach leaves
- fresh fruits
- frozen fruits
Then you can put the lid on the cup and invert it onto the blender.
Cherry Banana Berry Green Smoothie Recipe
2 cups fresh spinach
2 cups cold water
3/4 cup chopped strawberries
1/2 cup blackberries, blueberries, raspberries or more strawberries
3/4 cup pitted cherries
- Layer ingredients in your blender. If you're using a single-serving blender use the order listed above. If you're using a traditional blender just reverse the order so the most solid ingredients are on the bottom.
- Blend until smooth. Watch the video below to see how easy it is to blend with the Ninja's Auto iQ feature.
- If you're doubtful you'll get a smooth consistency with your blender, start by blending only the spinach and water. Once that's liquified, add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
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Cherry Banana Berry Green Smoothie Recipe
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 2 cups cold water
- 3/4 cup chopped strawberries
- 1/2 cup blackberries blueberries, raspberries or more strawberries
- 3/4 cup pitted cherries
- 1 banana
- Layer ingredients in your blender. If you’re using a single-serving blender use the order noted above. If you’re using a traditional blender just reverse the order so the most solid ingredients are on the bottom.
- Blend until smooth. Watch the video below to see how easy it is to blend with the Ninja’s Auto iQ feature.
- If you’re doubtful you’ll get a smooth consistency with your blender, start by blending only the spinach and water. Once that’s liquified, add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
This Ninja blender's single-serving cup and the Auto-iQ function is how I made the Cherry Banana Berry green smoothie recipe in one step with just one touch.
I love that I don't have to dirty any other dishes and I can take my smoothie to go as soon as the blending stops!
Since I made that smoothie with the Nutri Ninja Blend button in the above video I've learned that the Ultra Blend button makes an even more liquified smoothie. I don't like chunks at all, so I've pretty much only been using the Ultra Blend button for all my smoothies.
The Nutri Ninja Blender System is worth it for the smoothies alone, but it does so much more than make green smoothies. It can crush ice into snow cone consistency and it even has a food processor bowl and blades. That means it combines the functions of two appliances into one!
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Do you have a recipe for a green smoothie kids love? Please share it in the comments!
Disclosure: Ninja provided the blender to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.