No really, I’m serious. I don’t remember where I found the recipe (and I like to give credit where credit is due) but there were literally thousands of comments attached to it regaling the simplicity and surprisingly delicious result of this combination, so I gave it a try.
If you are trying to get more greens into your child’s (or your, or your husband’s) diet, simply add 8 oz. of milk (or soy or almond milk), 1/4 to 1/2 cup of fresh spinach, and a whole banana into your blender and puree until it is a fluffy, frothy green smoothie. (If your child balks at green, call it a “holiday” smoothie.) I promise most heartily: you cannot taste the spinach. If you are really and truly unsure, feel free to add a splash of your favorite vitamin-C fortified juice, but it doesn’t need it.
Special note: If you’d like to spoon-feed this to your infant, try the following: Blend together 4 ounces of formula or whole milk, 1/4 cup spinach, and half a banana, then thicken with organic rice or multi-grain cereal–let me know what your little cherub thinks!
Our little Joseph has always been a fairly adventurous eater. Tonight, he ate the sole stuffed with crab and scallops right off my plate. However, since we’ve had Noah and have introduced the potty he has become more particular, and there are days when he digs his heels in, hollering for yogurt (and only “wogurt”) at every meal. This could be coincidence, or he could just be trying to assert more control over his world, but I love giving him these smoothies on those days when we’ve reached a stalemate over what he’ll agree to eat. He thinks he’s won the battle, but I know I’ve won the war: He’s drinking fresh spinach–and asking for more!! And it’s sugar-free! (well yes, bananas ARE high-glycemic. I’m still happy. And you will be too, when you try this yummy smoothie.)
Food Fact! Bananas contain Vitamin C, potassium and Vitamin B6. The Vitamin C helps the body to defend and heal against infections and aids the synthesis of the connective tissue, absorption of iron and the formation of blood. The mineral potassium helps the building of muscles and protein synthesis. A diet rich in potassium is said to reduce the risk of hypertension and stroke. Vitamin B6 helps in the synthesis of antibodies in the immune system apart from red blood formation, protein metabolism and functioning of the central nervous system. Bananas contain three natural sugars: sucrose, fructose and glucose along with fiber, providing an instant and substantial boost of energy.Looking for more great recipes like this one? Check out my other blog, the Unassuming Foodie!