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Smoothie Operator

by verdemama on April 25, 2011

Like most two-year-olds, Orion is going through a finicky phase. Once a ravenous eater of practically anything, he now turns his nose up at pretty much all veggies (unless they’re swimming in ketchup — which works, too, for now).

My solution? Super stealthy fruity green smoothies.

I don’t normally use a specific recipe — just whatever is in season that I’ve picked up at our weekly farmers’ market. Right now, a standard smoothie might include apples, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, some OJ for a base (or any other kind of juice or coconut water), a couple of ice cubes, and the secret ingredient — fresh greens, such as spinach or kale. Toss in a blender et voila! — a yummy treat packed with several servings of fruit and veggies slurped down in one sitting. The flavor of the greens is totally disguised by the natural sweetness of the fruit. Toddlers — and any other veggie loather, for that matter — are none the wiser.

I make smoothies for us several times a week and Orion always excitedly sucks down a good 12 ounces, and then I don’t worry so much if he only wants to eat a pile of ketchup for dinner. And they’re great for me as well, because I don’t have the time or bandwidth I used to have when it comes to feeding myself right.

I’ve also been experimenting lately with nutritional boosts, such as maca powder (a natural energy booster, full of vitamins and minerals) and chia (loaded with omega-3s, antioxidants and calcium). And I downloaded this cool iPhone app that provides smoothie recipe ideas for when I get tired of the same ol’ same ol’.

My latest fave is the Chocolate Supreme smoothie from the amazing raw food restaurant 118 Degrees down in Costa Mesa. I’m seriously OBSESSED with this creamy, chocolate-y concoction. It’s chock full of superfoods but it tastes like a milkshake — a pregnant lady’s dream, for sure. I make a pretty convincing imitation using almond milk (I use this kind, but I think I’m going to start experimenting making my own, because it looks so easy), antioxidant-rich cacao powder, a teaspoon of maca, banana, a touch of agave syrup (but this won’t be necessary if the banana is ripe and sweet), a handful of spinach and a couple of soaked raw almonds for extra nutritional value. It’s seriously freakin’ delicious, and loaded with vitamins and minerals.

Green smoothies are great for pregnancy nausea, too. A couple smoothies a week seriously saved me during my first trimester of this pregnancy, when I was so sick 24/7 I couldn’t even bear the sight of food.

Bottoms up!

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