so i’ve been blending up greenies for months now, and while Bob and I are sold — drinking our vegetables, and loving it! — the kids have not been having it. but finally, today, i came up with a recipe that 2 out of 3 kids went crazy for (Aliya is my holdout. weirdly, she is my only kid that will reliably eat vegetables in solid form.) well 2 out of 3 kids going crazy for green juice is an excellent result ’round these parts — and here is the recipe:
kid-friendliest greenie (makes enough for 2 / 3)
2 to 3 cups of green leafy vegetables — kale, spinach, and/or chard — tough stems removed
1 orange or 2 to 3 tangerines — peeled (seeds ok)
juice of 1/2 lemon — about 2 tbsp.
1/2 cup frozen cubed pineapple — pineapple is pivotal here, it’s what sets this greenie apart
1 banana — adds body to the brew
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup ice — or more for a frostier greenie
2 tbsp. chia seeds
blend in a Vitamix or similar high-powered blender until creamy and smooth.
you’ll find that the lemon, orange and pineapple completely hide the flavor of the greens — they are seen, but not tasted! the lemon also keeps the banana in this blend from oxidizing, so it retains its bright green color. not only that, the vitamin C in all that citrus helps your body absorb the vitamins in the greens. you should feel amazing after drinking this greenie; don’t be amazed if even your pickiest, vegetable-avoiding kid, insists on draining your glass!