Saturday, August 8, 2009

Green Smoothies

What is a Mama to do with this much chard and kale in her garden?
As well as all the greens from the CSA membership?

First, put one little urban farmer to work,

carefully harvesting kale.

then send it to the super-munching machine, along with
blueberries and lots of good fats for those skinny little ribs.
Alita controls all the buttons on the blender and adds all the
greens and fruit into the small opening of the rubber lid.

and wa la!

Green Smoothie Recipe
  • 5 leaves of greens (purple kale is sweetest, trim stems from all kale and chard, use only leaves. Spinach and chard are mild tasting and easy on your blender. Most lettuces end up tasting bitter, just add more sweetener)
  • 1 cup yogurt, cream and/or milk
  • banana
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh berries, apple or other fruit
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses
Blend yogurt, milk and banana, sweeteners and molasses. Have your child add the greens and fruit. This is our basic morning recipe, but avocado, flax seed, nuts, leftover cooked oatmeal or quinoa also make it into our smoothies. I love adding molasses, the flavor takes the edge off the bitter greens and adds a little iron boost. I also add good fats (avocado, coconut oil, summer butter or your favorite dairy) so we can more easily absorb the nutrients from the greens.

We also like to use these glass straws that are extra wide (new to me, they have a fabulous Lifetime Guarantee Against Breakage for a glass drinking straw, awesome.
We will be using that!) They are not only beautiful,
which helps Alita joyfully sip her drink, but physically necessary. Cheers to you and many more mornings of adorable miracle vegetable intake.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Jennifer,

    My name is Kellie and I found your blog through Taho. Some bloggers and I recently took a trip to Seattle and were talking with Taho when we visited downtown. When he found out we were bloggers he gave us your url.

    You daughter is beautiful! And your blog is lovely. I am a knew gardner so I've enjoyed reading about your green thumb!

    I've linked to your blog today so you may have some extra traffic.

    Happy Friday!