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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Blue Pineapple - Green Smoothie for Kids



I've had a few people ask me for recipes that their kids would like, to get them started with juicing/green smoothies.  My favorite tip to make green smoothies taste better is pineapple.  It's super sweet and really masks the bitter greens flavor.  Also, adding a vanilla flavored milk (either coconut or almond), makes it creamy and sweet.  You may want to try this with half the amount of greens first and slowly add more as they get used to the taste.  Using frozen pineapple is also helpful because the colder the smoothie, the less they seem to resist.  I added a few drops of blue food coloring to take away the "scary" green color and make it more fun.  (Fun straws don't hurt, either).  You could also call it "The Whale's Tail Smoothie", whatever helps!  However this drink is great for anyone just starting out with green smoothies, not just the kids!

Ingredients~

1 cup pineapple (fresh of frozen)
1/2 cup blackberries
3 leaves of kale (any variety)
1/4 cup broccoli
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup cucumber
1-2 cups milk (dairy, coconut, or almond-depending on how creamy you want the drink to be)
blue food coloring

*optional- ice, if using all fresh ingredients

Place all ingredients in a blender, starting with the pineapple and cucumber.  Add 1 cup of milk, blend, and add more milk if desired.  Add a couple of drops of the blue food coloring, until the smoothie is the perfect shade of blue!






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