Anatomy of a Kid-Friendly Green Smoothie

I make green smoothies for breakfast almost every day. For some reason, when I have a green smoothie, I need less coffee. It must be the power of the kale. This past year, I’ve also been sending green smoothies to Lily’s preschool class whenever we have snack duty. The kids just love them. Here’s the process for making a big batch of kid-friendly green smoothies:

Add 2 cups of juice to the Vitamix. Apple juice is great for smoothies on the sweeter side. Lately, I’ve been using fresh squeezed orange juice, because we have so many oranges on our trees.

about 2 cups of fresh squeezed orange juice

about 2 cups of fresh squeezed orange juice

Add about 2 cups of milk to the blender. I usually use almond milk.

3 cups of milk added to the o.j.

2 cups of milk added to the o.j.

Add a nice big pile of frozen bananas. You could also use fresh bananas, but frozen bananas have magical properties and will make the smoothie extra thick and creamy. Every few days I cut up more bananas to replenish my frozen supply.

frozen bananas

frozen bananas

Now the blender will look like this:

bananas added to the liquid

bananas added to the liquid

Add some more fruit. For the preschool kids I like to add pineapple because it’s so sweet that it will completely obliterate any earthy kale flavor. Mango is also good.

frozen pineapple

frozen pineapple

blender with juice, milk, frozen bananas and frozen pineapple

blender with juice, milk, frozen bananas and frozen pineapple

Now, top the blender off with a big handful of kale or spinach. Pull the stems off if they are really thick. This big blender full of goodness is for a class of 15 preschool kids and their two teachers. Can you believe that the Vitamix can completely pulverize all this? It’s incredible, truly incredible.

a very full blender

a very full blender

And here is the glorious finished product:

mmm, green smoothie

mmm, green smoothie

When I make smoothies for just us, I use the same process but I start with 2 cups of liquid which I load up with fruit and greens. This makes two grownup portions and two kid portions.

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