How many servings of veggies do you get each day?
As a mom of two little ones that tend to go through phases of pickiness, it is really important for me to be creative with exciting recipes, hidden veggies, and different textures to make sure they get their veggies.
A couple of examples that work well for us are faux-tatoes with cauliflower, finely chopped veggies in sauces or meatballs, and green smoothies with greens, spinach, and even squash, and cooked carrots along with fruit. My 3-year old begs for a green smoothie every morning. He happily dances around in his chair while drinking it, and then asks for more. Of course, I am more than happy to oblige!
For me as a busy work at home mom struggling with Chronic Fatigue, drinking a green smoothie is the one thing that consistently gives me a boost of energy everyday!
Believe me, I have tried a lot of different diets over the last year trying to get healthy and find my energy again. There are diets that limit carbs, fat, fruit, meat, grains, and anything else you can think of, but NONE of them ever limit veggies. In fact, my totally amateur theory is that many of these popular diets end up helping people not because they’re cutting out food groups, but because they force you to eat more veggies to make up for the deficit they leave.
Unfortunately, 9 out of 10 Americans doesn’t eat enough veggies each day! Instead of always restricting ourselves with fad diets, what if we simply add in more of the healthy green stuff?
7 Day Green Smoothie Challenge
We moms are called upon to do so much these days! Sure I know adding more veggies into our family’s diets is healthy, but ugh, it feels like just one more thing to try and fit in! Sometimes, it’s all too easy to get busy and not get around to making our green smoothies.
Lately, I’m on a kick of simplifying even more by finding ways to build healthy practices into an already full life. We need to work smart, and not just hard, if we hope to find anything resembling balance.
That’s why I’m going to take the 7 Day Green Smoothie Challenge. 7 Days, 7 smoothies. (Yep, I just made it up, but sometimes it helps to make a formal challenge, and tell you all about it so I’ll actually get it done!) It’s a simple way to get more vegetables into my family’s diet in a way that we all enjoy. I know my son will be the one keeping me accountable, because he loves them!
Want to join me? In case you’re not quite sure how to get started with making green smoothies, here’s my no-fail technique for making perfect smoothies every time and the simple smoothie recipe I think I can manage to make every morning.
Simple Green Smoothie Technique
One summer during college I worked in a drive-thru espresso hut. I’m not sure if those have taken over the rest of the country, but they are rampant here. Besides learning that I don’t like to get up at 4am, and developing an outrageous caffeine habit, I also perfected my technique for getting the ideal smoothie consistency every time.
You can use this to develop your own smoothie recipes using whatever ingredients you have on hand, because the principle is simple. Put your frozen ingredients, like greens, berries, and other frozen fruit in first. Then add your liquid to just cover the top of the frozen fruits and veggies before you blend them. That should give you precisely the right amount to make, well, a smooth smoothie!
Simple Green Smoothie Recipe
Here’s the basic recipe that I usually make, but there are lots of variations that you can make in a humble $10 blender like mine.
1 cup chopped frozen greens (Bird’s Eye was kind enough to let me try 2 bags of their’s)
Water, enough to cover frozen ingredients
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 Tablespoons natural peanut butter
1 Tablespoon milled flax seed
1. Put your greens in the blender.
2. Cover with water.
3. Blend for 1 minute on ‘smoothie’ setting.
3. Add blueberries. Add additional water to cover blueberries if necessary.
4. Add banana, peanut butter, and flax.
5. Blend until smooth.
6. Enjoy! I love to drink my green smoothies in a big mason jar with a beautiful glass straw. It’s those lovely little touches that keep me coming back every morning.
Step Up to the Plate
If you’re a foodie, you might be familiar with chef Melissa d’Arabian, but she’s not only a cook. She’s also a mom of four, all too familiar with the challenge of getting kids to eat healthy. In fact, she’s the host of a FoodNetwork.com series called The Picky Eaters Project.
Melissa is partnering with Birds Eye frozen veggies and their Step Up to the Plate program to help moms create simple, healthy, and delicious veggie dishes that kids will actually eat! Check out one of my favorite tips for another way to add veggies to breakfast. This looks so easy!
Be sure to check out all her video tips for getting more veggies into your kids’ diets!
If we could all just add a few extra servings of vegetables to our diets I really believe we would have much healthier and happier families and kids!
How do you get your kids to eat their veggies? Leave a comment and let me know!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.