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?
Please take a moment to visit the blogs of our other Festival of Food participants. The links in this list will be live by the end of the day, as participants are all in different time zones.
- Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares Coconut Milk Popsicles, a super easy creation that is customizable! You can also find Jennifer on Facebook.
- Luschka at Keeper of the Kitchen shares a wonderful Raspberry Frozen Yoghurt. A fabulous summer ice cream alternative, easy for children to make, easy to store and easy to eat, this frozen yoghurt recipe can be adapted to taste and is a guilt-free snack for hot,hot days. You can also find Luschka on Facebook.
- Lindy at Poppy Soap Company shares some super tasty, super easy Granola Delight Bars inspired by her sweet son. You can also find Lindy on Facebook.
- Mercedes at Project Procrastinot shares a comfort-food recipe sure to be a future family favorite. Don’t miss this Grown-Up Mac & Cheese for You and Baby to Love. You can also find Mercedes on Facebook.
- Jorje at Momma Jorje has fun throwing together Monster Smoothies with her girls. The key is in the flexibility. You can also find Momma Jorje on Facebook.
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