Friday, March 29, 2013

Sneaky Spinach Smoothie

 There was a point in time where I really thought my first son would never eat veggies. I would make put them on his plate every night, and for years they received only unenthusiastic nibbles. E-man is a picky eater. And I- will not be the mom who fights every night for her kid to eat his veggies. We make him try things, this is true, but if he really doesn't like it- we won't make him resentfully stuff himself either.

   A few years back, I decided that if he wouldn't accept vegetables into his life, than I was going to what every ninja-mom would do.
   I just started to sneak them in there.

Two happy thoughts often came from sneakily putting veggies into my kids' food-
 1. I'm so PROUD because he is actually getting his serving of veggies!
   and of course...
2. HAHA I tricked you!

    Maybe I'm weird but there will come a time in my son's life, I just know where he will be convinced he is king sneaky in our house- And I will know deep down
  That I tricked him into eating vegetables for years.

   I am happy to report, that I no longer have to do much of this, because one strange day around age 4, my son who had pushed aside his greens for years asked for seconds of asparagus.
    From then on it was on- zucchini, broccoli, carrots and so many others! A few times he has even eaten salad!!

 But, I still sneak a little spinach into his smoothies. It is just so easy, yummy, and healthy. They love it, and on nights when I know they will have pizza or some other vegetableless meal I try to make them these smoothies.

Sneaky Spinach Smoothies

In a blender mix up-

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 3/4 cup fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup 100% fruit juice (I use white grape or apple)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1-4 squeezes of MR. Honey Bear depending on desired sweetness

  Mix until nice and smooth, adding more juice or ice to get desired consistency.
Serve up with a straw and watch your kids (or yourself) enjoy your tasty and sneaky satisfaction!

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