Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Kale Smoothie For Kids


You can tell a lot about a person by looking at how they make their green smoothies.  Extra greens?  Vanilla extract?  A little coconut butter?  A handful of almonds?  It's definitely tells you more about the person than asking how they take their coffee.

If you've been reading this blog for awhile I hope that you're no stranger to a green smoothie.  But, for you newbies out there let me introduce you.

Readers, this is a green smoothie.  Do not be afraid.  It comes in peace.


It will change your life.  It will power your workouts.  It will curb your sugar cravings.  It will noursh your body and mind when you wake up in the morning.  And it might just become your new obsession.

For the past four years I have been in love with kale smoothies and I'm happy to announce that in that time I've changed a lot of skeptics into green smoothie lovers as well.  I know that a lot of people are put off by how green it is, but, lucky for you, this recipe doesn't taste "green" at all!

Now if you don't believe me, I dare you to try it. Double dog dare you. And, if you're a parent, I dare you to try making it with your kids.



One of the things that I love most about my job is that I get to work with young children and introduce them to seasonal fruits and vegetables.  For most kids this is where they start entering into a "picky eater" phase so they are often skeptical of the food samples we offer them.

For fall, I wanted to focus on introducing them to greens because we often hear that "kids just won't eat greens."  Really?  I decided to take it as a challenge. 

Over the past couple of weeks I have made this smoothie with over 50 children who not only drink up every last drop, but they will literally fight each other for seconds, thirds, and fourths.  I have seen plenty of pushing, tears, and spills around here.  Luckily, the abundance of green smiles makes up for it.



The key to making a green smoothie is to blend, blend, blend! Making a smoothie with your child is a great way to get them involved in the kitchen and create a healthy snack together. Kids of all ages can help by tearing up kale and putting it in the blender, pouring the apple juice (possibly with assistance!) and peeling the bananas. Kids will love the green color and you'll be surprised by how much they also love the taste!

Note: You can also omit the ice and substitute frozen bananas for a creamier smoothie.  Simply peel the bananas, chop into pieces, and freeze overnight.

Kale Smoothie for Kids
Yields: 4 servings

12 ounces 100% apple juice
3 - 4 large kale leaves (stem removed)
3 bananas (peel removed)
2 cups of ice

Blend juice and greens for about one minute on high. Make sure the greens are thoroughly blended. Then add the banana & ice and blend for an additional 30 seconds, until smooth.

34 comments:

  1. Beautiful kale! I have been neglecting my smoothies, I should change that.

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  2. I just made green smoothies for my kids last night. They helped make them and kept saying, "More spinach!" as they added another handful. Gotta love that!

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  3. Wonderful post! Nothing healthier than a green smoothie! I love how you got the kids to drink it! They are smarter than we think :)

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  4. I know this is a recipe for kids but I've been looking for a less intimidating way to start making green smoothies, and this seems perfect!
    thanks for the post :)

    sipallthatglitters.blogspot.com

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  5. @Jenny Lee
    Glad this inspires you! Even though I titled this recipe "for kids" it's definitely for anyone and it's actually the recipe of how I started making green smoothies! Enjoy!

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  6. This looks fantastic! I was searching for a way to eat kale that I'd actually enjoy - this sounds PERFECT. Can't wait to try it! Thanks!

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  7. Thank you! My 5 year old and 2.5 year old are enjoying them right now! Delicious!

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  8. @Kimmarie
    Aww, this makes my day! :)

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  9. I have not been able to get my 6 and 3 year olds to drink green smoothies untill now:) Thanks, this blog is wonderful

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  10. My husband has gotten me into these miraculous green smoothies!! I couldn't be happier or more excited about it!! Kale is WONDERFUL!!! We use kale, baby spinach leaves, a fresh banana, milk, and either fresh apples or sometimes frozen fruits and berries. AMAZING!!! They taste SO good, and I can feel my body thanking me for it!! ;-) Love, Love, LOVE it!!!

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  11. Ok...this jumped out at me. I'm a nutritionist with a few very picky 2-year olds. I was up to the challenge tonight and it was a hit! They all asked for seconds. Great recipe!

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  12. do you recommend a one year old drinking it or is she still to young?

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    1. Hi there! I'm not sure of the answer to that one. If you find out please let me know! :)

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  13. Can I omit the ice and use frozen bananas? And I have Romaine lettuce right now, can I use that until I can get to the store?

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    1. Frozen bananas are great in this smoothie! Romaine lettuce will work okay, but it will definitely have a different flavor than kale. I personally don't like the taste of lettuce in smoothies, but everyone is different so it might work well for you. If you try it let me know what you think. :)

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  14. Thanks so much for the recipe! I'm enjoying my first ever green smoothie right now, and it couldn't be more delicious. You have a fantastic blog!

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  15. I add greek yougurt (just 1/4 cup, low or nonfat), and frozen fruit (pineapple, mango and/or peach work best). Obviously it adds more sugar but still awesome!

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  16. I just tried this recipe, however instead of using regular bananas I used frozen bananas I had and cut out the ice. It turned out absolutely delicious!! I did have to add about 1/4 more of apple juice because it was a little thick. Thanks for the first delicious green smoothie recipe I've come across!

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    1. I love using frozen bananas in this recipe! It definitely makes it much creamier and thicker. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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  17. How long will this keep in the fridge? Can I make a big batch and use it over a day or two?

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    1. You can definitely make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge. It will taste less "fresh" as time goes on though.

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  18. I am allergic to bananas. Is there a replacement I can use?

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    1. Any other fruit will work just fine - mangos, berries, even pears will work great.

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  19. So simple but so delicious! Thanks for the great idea. I also tried it with freshly juiced pear instead of apple which was great.

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  20. Thanks for sharing this recipe and answering the questions about it in the comments so quickly!

    I don't have a regular blender, but I have a really good food processor and a really good immersion blender. Which do you think will work the best for making this?

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    1. Hmm, I haven't tried making this in either, but my guess is that the immersion blender would be better. I am not sure if the food processor would process the greens completely. If you try it out, let me know how it goes and which one works better! Good luck! :)

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  21. Just made one of these, can wait to make again!

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  22. I am anxious to start making smoothies like this, but I haven't bought the blender yet. Can you please tell me which one you use or recommend? Thank you!

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    1. I have a Vitamix which I absolutely love. It blends EVERYTHING! The motor is so amazing that I once accidentally dropped part of the plastic lid in and it completed blended it - but don't try that at home... :) You can buy refurbished models on their website (https://www.vitamix.com/) which are cheaper than a new version and they work just as great. A chef friend of mine also recommended the Ninja (http://www.ninjakitchen.com/) to me and he said it worked just as well as a Vitamix, but I've never tried this myself. I hope this helps. If you end up with a blender that doesn't have a strong motor, make sure to blend the juice and greens first, then add the fruits. This will help make sure the greens really get blended well. Take care! :)

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  23. You post is great! I am thinking over doing my first smoothie tommmorow! But I've got a question. Can the drink be made without any ice? Can I just make a smoothie and then keep it in the fridge for a while if necessary? Does ice make a difference?

    Best regards,
    Katharina

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    1. Hi Katharina,
      You can definitely leave out the ice, but it won't be as cold. If you're going to leave out the ice, I would highly recommend freezing the bananas overnight (just remove the peel, chop, and put in freezer-safe bags) to make it cold & creamy. Let me know how it goes!

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    2. Thanks for your advice, Sonnet!
      I couldn't wait till tommorow, so I did it today! It was a long process because it was my first smoothie but I am really proud of myself:) I chopped the bananas and put them into the frindge for a cuple of hours because of the lack of time. The smoothie was not as cold as usually but still with a chilling effect:) Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us!
      All the best,
      Katharina

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  24. My 4 y.o. hates anything green, but she loves smoothies so I will give this a try!! Wish me luck!!

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