I saw on No Time for Flashcards that Allie had made green smoothies for her son before. She sneaks spinach in them. Brilliant! The boys love smoothies and I figured I'd try it with lunch today.
The green smoothies were a hit! I just used what I had on hand and it turned out to be a great combo. I didn't measure anything but I'll give you approximations if you're curious.
1/2 cup lime sherbet
1/2 cup fresh pineapple
1 1/2 cups ice cubes
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 cups fresh spinach
I've been looking for ways to add more veggie servings during lunch. Spinach isn't exactly Boo's fave. I've cooked it so many different ways and still he's usually hesitant. Although I made this salad the other night and he ate more than I expected. I think the key is chopping the leaves into pretty small pieces.
Anyways, the smoothies were such a success that I think I'll be doing this more often. And next time I think I'll add even more spinach. You really couldn't taste it at all. And I didn't sneak it in - I told Boo what I was doing. I told him to watch while I blended it because the spinach makes it extra green. He thought that was cool.
I know it wasn't the healthiest smoothie in the world given the lime sherbet but at least it had veggies in it! We poured the leftover mixture into our plastic popsicle mold. We'll be ready to enjoy these outside later this week....after the snow storm is over of course.
For more smoothie recipes, see the blog that Allie showcased the other day: The Year of Green Smoothies.