Smoothies 2 Ways

If you have kids who don’t like to eat their fruits and veggies, chances are you’ve tried to give them smoothies. Who doesn’t love a good smoothie? Today we’re going to show you the way we each make smoothies for our families.

Sarah’s Version:

Now, I’m all for being healthy, but I also need a certain amount of sweetness. My kids actually really like Christina’s spinach smoothies, it’s just that I sometimes have a hard time with the color! So, this version is strictly my preference. I’ve tried using yogurt and honey, but those really taste “healthy,” and I want my smoothie to taste more like a fruity milk shake! Now, if you have dairy allergies feel free to substitute sorbet for the sherbet (p.s. I’ve always thought it was “sherbert.” Who knew?!) I generally use a mix of fresh and frozen fruit + sherbet + orange juice. How can you go wrong?!

Sarah’s Fruit Smoothie:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups strawberries (cleaned and hulled)
  • 1 cup kiwi (peeled)
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup orange sherbet

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend away!

This is one of the most basic recipes, but my entire family loves it. This recipe also works really well frozen. Just put the smoothie into popsicle molds, or paper cups, and place in the freezer. If you do go the popsicle route, you may want to switch out the kiwis. My six year old wasn’t a fan of the frozen kiwi seeds!

Christina’s Version:

I have only been making green smoothies for the past year. The first time I made one it was disgusting, and I didn’t want to try one ever again. But I soon found that the problem with my first attempt was a lack of water and ice. When you’re drinking a fruit smoothie it’s okay if some of the fruit pieces aren’t completely blended, but not so with a green smoothie (maybe you can picture me trying to stomach my chunky, warm, spinach smoothie – not so pretty).  What you’re after is a very cold temperature and a smooth almost thin consistency.

My friend Rachel introduced me to a recipe like the one below at her house. I was actually scared to try it because of my previous experience, but, boy, am I glad I did. I love this recipe. It is really sweet, not sweet like sherbet sweet, but way sweeter than you would expect.

To be honest, my older kids won’t drink this version because of the color, but my youngest and I love it!

Christina’s Green Smoothie:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 medium oranges (outer peel removed – I try to keep as much as the pith as I can intact for added fiber)
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 cups cold water

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend at highest setting. The consistency will be quite thin.
  2. Feel great that drinking something so tasty is so good for you!  I promise you’ll barely notice the spinach.  I dare you to try it. 🙂

So how do you like your smoothies? Red or green?

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9 Comments

  1. I always thought it was “sherbert” too! I don’t have all the ingredients in my house to try the green smoothie, so I’m curious to try it!

    Either one of you can add 1/4 of an avocado to the blender, and neither one of you would notice. Avocados are packed full of nutrients!

    Also, if you peel some bananas, cut them into halves or thirds, then freeze them, you can pop them frozen into your smoothies too (you might even be able to substitute it for the orange sherbet, but don’t quote me)!

    Yum… smoothies! Great post, you two!

     
  2. Note, it should be a RIPE avocado… if you don’t want avocado chunks. 🙂

     
  3. I’ve got some avocados in the fridge – I’ll have to give that a try!

     
  4. I liked your green smoothie, Christina. Very healthy 🙂 I like the milk shakey kind too and that’s usually what we do around here. A cup of milk, with frozen strawberries (about 6-8) and a banana (fresh or frozen). Maybe a cup of yogurt too or a tad of orange juice for something a little sweeter. I love the popsicle tray idea! Perfect for the nicer weather coming.

     
  5. I liked this post because it contrasts the two of you. I don’t think you need to do it every post, because I like Christina’s and Sarah’s posts, but I liked that you both posted about the same thing.

     
  6. We make green smoothies here a couple times a week. Like you Christina, I always add orange and banana as I’ve found they hide the spinach taste the best. But I always add either strawberries, blueberries and/or raspberries that I pick in ginormous amounts during the summer and freeze. Which makes me not need to add ice. Also ground flax seed. And anything else I feel like adding, but always the orange/banana/spinach combo. It doesn’t make it such a pretty green color, but my kids don’t care now. They love them.
    I’ll need to try Sarah’s smoothie too.
    Avacado eh? I’ll have to try that one.

     
  7. Our smoothies are more like Margarets. They’re very popular around these parts and most of our neighbors make them in the Vitamix. (We recently got a Vitamix although before that we just used our Bosch blender.)

    Start with a small bag of spinach. (Seems like a lot but it’s really only 6 ounces)
    Doug adds a little Kale (no ribs!)
    Throw in a frozen banana or two.
    Carrots optional. (can’t taste ’em…I swear.)
    Add 2 or 3 bags of frozen fruit (We always do Strawberries and Blueberries)
    Add pineapple juice and water (or soy milk) until desired consistency.

    All the frozen fruit eliminates the need for ice.
    I also usually add:
    A few Vitamin D, (for winter) and Fish Oil gel tabs (DHA for my ADHD boys).
    And 1/8 cup scoop Ground Flax just to keep things moving.

    With the blueberries, our always turn out dark purple and all my boys love ’em. We have them every night with dinner!
    🙂

     
  8. When I’ve tried adding blueberries or strawberries before I’ve ended up with a brownish color, maybe I just need more fruit? I’ll give that a try.

     
  9. We do a mix of these smoothies, kind of like what Emily mentioned. We always have spinach (or some kind of greens), but use frozen berries as our main fruit and usually end up with a purple color (although it has been slightly brownish before). And I always throw in a few vitamins or herbs or whatever else I want my kids to have. I guess I’m lucky though, because even my pickiest eater will always have a smoothie, even if it is completely green!