My reader friend Amy e-mailed me with a conundrum. Her one year old isn't a huge fan of vegetables. I replied and said, "STORY OF MY LIFE". How many of you can relate with your own one year old, five year old or thirty five year old spouse? Amy wanted to know if I had a recipe for a smoothie with veggies in it. I do now. This smoothie will fill your family up with lots of veggies and fruit without the taste of vegetables that some of your picky eaters don't like. In one serving, you get broccoli, peas, spinach, avocado, banana, apple, kiwi and pineapple. A lovely assortment of nutrition with a gorgeous shade of green to accompany it.
If you are curious to know how this smoothie was taken with my children, know that Jack gave it a thumbs up. Van ate it because he is like a baby goat, he will eat anything.
1 20 oz can pineapple chunks in juice
1 apple, cored, peeled and chopped
1 banana, peeled and chopped
2 kiwis, peeled and chopped
1 avocado, pitted and peeled
1 head broccoli, cut into florets, about 2 cups
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
1 cup frozen green peas
2 Tbsp honey
1/2 cup apple juice
1 cup crushed ice
In a blender, combine pineapple chunks and juice, apple, banana, kiwis, avocado, broccoli florets, spinach, peas, honey, apple juice and ice. Blend until smooth. Add more juice if needed. Serve immediately.
Yields 6 cups
Rookie's Notes: I first blended the fruit, avocado and peas to cut down on the bulk and then I added the spinach, broccoli, honey, juice and ice. It all fit in my blender, but barely. Be sure you are careful when blending.
For added nutrition, add ground flax seed. I didn't have any, but I would have added it. Two tablespoons would have been perfect.
If you have a texturally-challenged family, you can definitely strain your smoothie to make it perfectly smooth.
My food snob older sister Megan said that she was quite disappointed in my use of canned pineapple. I told her I used canned pineapple because I needed the juice from it to sweeten the smoothie. So don't judge me.