Green smoothie addict

(My 9 month old at the time, enjoying a green smoothie)

Mmmmm. Green smoothies. I think we're all addicted. We have been striving to drink one quart each day (the kiddos drink about 1 1/2 cups) since attending a Green Smoothie Girl demo in Utah during the summer. We have probably only missed a handful of days since beginning our green smoothie "addiction" in August 2010. Now that our bodies are accustomed to drinking this daily quart of goodness, we crave them! By 5 or 6 pm each night, if I haven't drank my smoothie yet for the day, I'm really starting to crave it. It's been a wonderful way to add so much nutrition into our diet. It is completely raw, so it is filling us with valuable enzymes that are extremely helpful for digestion. It's full of so many vitamins and minerals...it just makes me happy to know that I'm putting so much goodness into my family's body with one simple drink. And really, there is no way we would eat this amount of greens if it wasn't for the smoothie. It eases my mind about vegetable consumption for our children, since it can be hit or miss (although I still serve as many vegetables as possible throughout the day). Both of my children (almost 3 and 1 years old) love them. As I make the smoothie each day, my one year old is at my feet begging me for her cup and the two year old isn't far behind! A quart a day will give you 12-15 servings of fruits and vegetables...not bad, right??

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Here is our favorite smoothie. This is a fairly basic recipe...if you don't have what is called for, use what you do have and it'll still work! 

2 cups water
Spinach - as much as you want
Handful of frozen fruit (pineapple/mango blend from Costco)
Fresh fruit (1 apple - unpeeled & chopped, handful of cranberries, 1/4 to 1/2 fresh lemon, 1 banana)
10 drops liquid stevia
1 spoonful coconut oil
2-4 tablespoons flax seed

To your blender, add about 2 cups of water (you may need more to thin it later). Next, add in some spinach. Pack as much into the blender as you want (strive for a 50:50 greens to fruit ratio eventually). Turn the blender on and blend for a minute or two. The mixture should be to about the 5 cup line. Next, add in the frozen and fresh fruit, coconut oil, and flax seed. Blend well until completely pureed. Pour into jars (we love the quart jars because it is a great measure of how much we're getting) and enjoy!

*Tips:
To start off, begin with less greens and more fruit as your taste buds acclimate.
Spinach is a milder green that you won't notice as much - kale is also a great choice for beginning taste buds (we are beginners still I suppose because these are our favorite!). You can use any greens - beet greens, swiss chard, lettuce, etc.
This recipe works for a large blender like a Blendtec or Vitamix. If you have a standard blender, adjust the amounts as necessary and perhaps blend the fruit in portions, as your blender will allow.

Greensmoothiegirl.com is a great place to get info on green smoothies. There are also many other great blogs out there about green smoothies. Simply do a google search for green smoothies and prepare to soak in all the information! To your health!