Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Recipe for Chocolate (Spinach!) Smoothies

We have a new favorite snack at our house: “Green” Smoothies, fondly referred to as “oo behpahp” by our two-year-old – his way of trying to say jugo especial (or “special juice” in Spanish). When the Little Man hears the blender, he races into the kitchen, exclaiming: “Oo behpahp! Oo behpahp!”
Our favorite is the Chocolate Spinach Variety. The “recipe” makes about four 1-cup servings and can be easily modified:
1 or 2 medium bananas (preferably frozen)
handful of fresh spinach leaves (I put in plenty: about 1 cup!)
1 Tbsp olive oil (to add a creamy texture)
1 to 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract (important to help bring out the natural sweetness of the bananas)
1 to 2 Tbsp honey
1 cup plain yogurt
½ cup almond milk (or whole milk)
6 to 8 ice cubes (optional)
Put all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Using our Ninja Blender, we pulse a dozen or so times and then blend continuously for about 30 seconds.

This is a wonderful way to get little people to eat raw spinach! Our first-grader wants to try out the recipe on unsuspecting cousins: If you don’t know you’re getting a spinach smoothie, you’d probably have a hard time guessing it’s a main ingredient!

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