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Blueberry Banana Smoothie

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This was a regular snack in my house while my two boys were practicing their veggies. It’s just amazing how many nutrients you can blend into a smoothie, especially if you have a powerful blender like the Blendtec. The Vitamix another blender that is frequently recommended for green smoothies and soups. Unlike most smoothie shops I do not add ANY extra sweeteners this smoothie because it does NOT need it. Tonight I tried this on a new Tiny Taster Tester who loves smoothie shops. He told me it was the BEST he every had! I do not always tell my Tiny Tasters at first that there are veggies hiding in the smoothie. I can honestly say that you CAN NOT taste them. After trying so many different greens in smoothies, we have found that kale and baby spinach are the green leafy vegetables that blend the best without bitterness or aftertaste. A couple of carrot sticks adds more fiber and some vitamin A. This recipe calls for blueberries, but any berries or combination of berries will work. In the summer we tend to use more strawberries and sometimes even throw a few fresh peaches in there, too. Using this basic recipe you can experiment with different fruit to make a special smoothie of your own.

If you don't feel hungry at breakfast time, consider a smoothie as an alternative. And don't worry if you have leftovers. Pour into a popsicle for a frozen treat later!

HEALTHY HIGH CALORIE

To give it some extra calories, throw in slice or two of avocado.

Ingredients

Food
Amt
Units
Prep
Notes
2 cups grapes (red or green)
grapes
2
cups
red or green
optional: ½ cup yogurt (plain yogurt, can omit or substitute nondairy yogurt, or 1/4 avocado to increase calories)
optional: yogurt
½
cup
plain yogurt, can omit or substitute nondairy yogurt, or 1/4 avocado to increase calories
⅓ cup carrots, roughly chopped
carrots
cup
roughly chopped
1 cup kale, chopped
kale
1
cup
chopped
1 bananas (ripe)
bananas
1
ripe
1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
blueberries
1
cup
frozen or fresh
optional: 1 tablespoon flax meal
optional: flax meal
1
tablespoon
1 cup ice (need only 1/2 cup if fruit is frozen)
ice
1
cup
need only 1/2 cup if fruit is frozen

Method

Place yogurt and grapes at the bottom and other ingredients on top. Blend well until fruit and veggies are smooth. Yield 3 1/2 cups of smoothies (enough for 3 mini smoothies or 2 larger smoothies).

Babyfood Option:

As babies get used to the bitterness of greens, this may be a way to introduce them. Try giving baby a taste to see how she likes it. Consider letting the smoothie warm up a bit before offering. At first the icy temperature may feel too intense.

Prep time
5 min
Cook time
min
Yields/Serves:
2 large or 3 small smoothies

Yum Ratings

😫😟😐😀😍 “Super Yum! It’s great!” —Zane, age 8
😫😟😐😀😍 “Super Yum! It’s really the best smoothie I’ve ever had. Not just because it’s healthy, but because it’s just the best smoothie I’ve ever had!” —William, age 8
😫😟😐😀😍 “Super Yum! I love it!” —Asa, age 4