Thursday, May 9, 2013

Monster Smoothie

Welcome to the Festival of Food Carnival. This month, we celebrate foods with kid-appeal!  Hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama, you're welcome to join us next time, or if you have a previously published recipe you'd like to share, add it to the linky below.

This is my variation on a recipe my mother originally found in the local paper. I think children can help with most recipes if we just let them. I often have a hard time with the patience for it, but it is so worth the effort! This one is easy because its just a matter of throwing ingredients into the bowl (or blender pitcher) and the amounts are really flexible.

2-3 Cups of spinach
I don't know about you, but I have no idea how much to cram spinach into a cup to measure it. So... I just use a LOT of spinach!

Approx 1 Cup strawberries (I use frozen) & Approx 1 Cup of juice (whatever flavor)

2 Tblsp Agave or Honey (more or less, to taste)

A chopped banana - use more if its your favorite. Sometimes I use frozen.

Now blend. This might be the parent-only part, depending on your kids and kitchen tools.
You will probably have to add water to have enough liquid.

It may take a while. If you're using an immersion blender like me, I've found its quicker to chop the spinach in advance. I haven't tried frozen spinach yet.

Now, if you make this recipe the way that I make this recipe (very flexible and adding extra of stuff), it makes a lot of Monster Smoothie.

If your kid hesitates to ingest green things, try what I did - call it a Monster Smoothie, even referencing Elmo or The Grouch. This piqued my preschooler's interest.

Since we blended ours in a bowl, this particular day we grabbed 3 straws and shared it in the floor! It was silly and fun.

We all love our Monster Smoothies!

How would you adjust this recipe for your family?

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