Spinach Shakes

I hesitate to call this post 'Spinach Shake" because it really just sounds nasty. So if spinach shake (or spinach smoothy) doesn't sound appitizing to you feel free to use some of the names my kids prefer: Oobleck (from Dr. Seuss), green drink, magic potion.

I got the gist of this idea from a good friend of mine after I had been highly unsuccessful at finding a veggie smoothy that my kids thought was edible. After a bit of practice I think we finally have it down. Although there is really no right or wrong way to do this, I have found the following recipe to be kid approved.

(*Works best with a high quality blender that can easily handle ice, frozen fruit, and raw carrots)

1 Cup Apple or Orange Juice2 Cups Frozen or Fresh Fruit of your choice
3-4 Cups Baby Spinach, raw     (We like strawberries and pears)
10-15 Baby Carrots1 tsp Vanilla
1 BananaIce

To a blender add; juice, spinach, carrots and banana. Blend well. Add fruit, vanilla and ice. Blend well again. Enjoy!

You can be creative with this shake but I think the banana is a MUST. Without it the texture can be a bit interesting.

In this particular shake I used frozen peaches, frozen blueberries, and canned pears. You can also substitute kale or any other dark leafed vegetable in place of the spinach.

(And, of course, I forgot to take a picture of the finished product. I guess I was too anxious to EAT IT!!)

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