Yet another tasty, healthy, flexible, and easy recipe to add to your files (no expensive juicer required)! These smoothies are a great addition to any breakfast or lunch, and leftovers stored in the fridge are surprisingly good the next day. The best thing about this recipe (probably thanks to the fact that a smoothie looks just like a milkshake) is that both of my daughters love them, and my pickier child ends up consuming fruits and vegetables that she would not normally eat. I had been making these for a while when one day I added the spinach, and it barely changed the taste. I was so excited that I could easily get everyone (including me) to eat some fresh, raw spinach!
It is currently strawberry season here in NC, and this is a great way to use up all of those freshly picked berries. But, feel free to experiment with substitutions based on your family’s favorites. I noted some alternatives that we have tried below. Please leave a comment if you try something new to let us know how it turns out!
- 1.5 cups plain organic yogurt
- 1 cup berries, fresh or frozen (or we have tried 2 oranges, peeled)
- 2 bananas (or 1 – 2 tablespoons of honey if you don’t like bananas)
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ½ - ¾ cup fresh spinach leaves (I also tried adding some leftover broccoli instead of the spinach. My husband said I took things a little too far, but the kids still sucked it down!)
- Optional: if using fresh berries (instead of frozen) add some ice cubes
- Combine all ingredients into blender and blend. Pour into cups and garnish with fruit or use fun straws to entice your kids!