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Green Smoothies

Today my kids and I had a snack where we each ate 2 cups collard greens, a cup of mixed greens, 1/3 of a banana, a cup of strawberries, a tablespoon of flax oil, and 1/4 cup blueberries, sweetened with a little Stevia.

Can you imagine eating that many servings of fruits and veggies in one sitting, much less in one day, and getting your kids to love it too?

My kids beg me for this snack every day now.

My secret?

I throw it all in a high-powered blender with some ice, and make it into a Green Smoothie.

This is my new revolution of health – GREEN SMOOTHIES.

I know it sounds and looks weird, but they really are delicious.  And, I can’t think of a better way to incorporate raw greens into our diet.  The nutrition in one glass packs a powerful punch, and the taste is a treat.

First, you really do need a powerful blender, like the Blentec or Vitamix.  The price is worth the investment.  I’ve used mine over 200 times since February 14th to make smoothies, gluten-free flatbread from soaked whole seeds and grains (recipe coming soon), whole grain banana muffins, soups, salsas, dips, ice creams, …the list goes on.  And, the ingredients are all whole foods that are so good for you and so yummy.

This is my Blentec, my new kitchen best friend, filled with collard greens and mixed greens.

When you first introduce the idea of green smoothies, it’s best to start small.  Use mild greens, like spinach, and do half fruit and half veggies.  Add in grapes and blueberries to make purple smoothies at first, use lots of ice, and serve it in a fun glass with a straw.  Don’t let your kids know at first what you put in there.  Slowly shift your ratios to more greens, and begin adding different greens- collard, swiss chard, mustard, romaine, etc..  We like greens, strawberries, blueberries, and a banana as our favorite smoothie.

If you’re interested in learning more, please go to greensmoothiegirl.com She’s the expert, and she has great ideas and recipes on her website.

I love making this treat for my kids!  Nutrition feels so good!

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Kale Chips

Kale Chips are pure, simple, healthful food.  They might sound weird, but the unexpected crispy crunch just melts in your mouth.  A whole plateful provides less than 140 calories (almost all from olive oil) and packs a nutritious punch.

Wash and dry one bunch of kale.  Massage a tablespoon of oil into every leaf, then place on a baking sheet in a single layer.  Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes until leaves are crispy but not browned.  Season with kosher salt and garlic powder.

I eat kale for snack or even for dinner.  My picky eater joined me yesterday and began grabbing the chips off my plate.  If he can try them and like them, I’ll bet you will too.

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Portobello Pizza

This is one of my favorite lunches.  It’s quick, healthy, low-calorie, and a great way to get more veggies into your diet.

Simply steam the Portobello caps in the microwave for 2 minutes.  Then, top with pizza sauce and your favorite toppings.  I always add more veggies – tomato, red pepper, and onion.  Sprinkle on some mozzarella cheese or Parmesan, add some pepperoni, and broil until cheese is melted and the pepperoni slices are a little crispy.

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Smoothies

DSC_0642Smoothies are perfect for breakfast or a snack, and they’re a great way to boost nutrition.  I add fresh or frozen fruit, milk or almond milk, some vanilla protein powder, a few drops of Stevia for sweetness, and …..shhhh….don’t tell my kids this part.  I also add a couple of tablespoons of ground flax meal for extra healthy goodness.

For dessert, I make a chocolate, strawberry smoothie using unsweetened chocolate almond milk by Almond Breeze, frozen strawberries, Stevia, and …(flax!).  It’s very low on calories and very high in nutrition.  And, it comforts my sweet tooth.

It’s also really fun to serve a smoothie in a wine glass.  It tastes even better with a little class added to it.

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