Juicing, smoothies, and shakes have grown in increasing popularity over the last few years. What's not to love? A quick, portable, delicious drink that's packed with nutritional goodness? As far as meal replacement shakes go, the key is to balance enough good fat and protein so that you stay full. It's easy to just keep adding fruit into the blender, but too much fruit can quickly rack up the calories . Because green shakes can tend to be less sweet because of this, not too many kids jump for joy at the prospect. However, I found a green smoothie that is not bitter because spinach is one of the more mild leafy greens. I didn't set out to make a "toddler approved" green shake, but my toddler definitely loves to share some sips.
.Enter: Katie's Green Smoothie Ingredients: 1 frozen banana (frozen? yes! This eliminates the need for ice which makes the smoothie creamier) A few handfuls of raw baby spinach 1 scoop of grass-fed chocolate whey protein powder 1-1.5 cups almond milk (make your own or buy one without carrageenan) 1-3 TBL almond butter Step 1: Blend the spinach and almond milk until all of the leaves are blended evenly. Step 2: Add the banana, powder, and almond butter. *Tip: Peel the banana before you freeze it. Much easier to peel a banana before it's frozen.