It has been a pretty heavy week over here. On Wednesday I shared a little piece of my heart with my story of hope. Words cannot express how incredible you all made this mama feel, thank you for that. I had knots in my stomach the whole night before that post went up. I am glad it has touched so many of you and I pray that throughout the series God uses my words to help those of you who need it. Thank you again, the kind words and encouragement mean more then you know! So, to lighten things up I thought I would share one of my most favorite green smoothie recipes.
Smoothies are my go-to as a busy mama. I am going to keep it real for you all…I rarely make breakfast. Between packing lunches, nursing baby boy, and getting everyone dressed and out the door on time breakfast becomes sort of a fend for yourself type of thing. We have lots of cereal (the good kind of course so its not that bad right?) and lots of toast. Well, this is where smoothies fit in. I can load in as many vegetables as my Vitamix will hold and not feel so guilty for their carb loaded breakfast. Smoothies are also awesome for me because I find that my breakfast is usually missed in the craziness of mornings, so this way I can pour myself a big ol’ glass and call it a meal.
Lets get started. This recipe is for a Pina-Colada Green smoothie. I’ll now show you a pretty foodie pic…don’t laugh I’m new at this whole food photography thing…
Isn’t that pretty. I wasn’t kidding when I said I shove in as many veggies as possible. It’s the good stuff that matters! Ok..so for this smoothie you will need some orange juice, kale, spinach, carrots, a banana, frozen pineapple and the secret ingredient, Coconut-Chia Kefir. I know, sounds weird but it totally is what makes this smoothie so good. You can find kefir in the area where all the yogurt is. It comes in a 32 oz container and the only brand I have ever seen this flavor in is Lifeway. Kefir is amazing stuff. Its awesome because it gives the smoothie the richness that yogurt does but Kefir is naturally gluten and lactose free. Kefir also has 12 active cultures which aid in digestion and with the added chia powder it has even more probiotics and antioxidants. Pretty good stuff right?!
Ok, so on with the blending. I have a little secret to make your smoothies blend as smooth as possible. Are you ready?! Have you all seen the demos at Costco for the Vitamix’s? I always get stuck waiting because the kids love all the treats they make. Anyways, I learned this trick from watching all of those demos. The order you put your ingredients in the blender greatly affects the way it blends. First you start with your juice. On top of that put in any leafy greens, then on top of the greens go any hard vegetables and finally, in goes anything that is frozen. I always put the banana in last. On top of that I just pour a nice amount of the kefir, put on the lid, and blend.
Blend until very smooth. I don’t like my smoothies really icy or thick but consistency is totally a preference thing so you can play around with that. This smoothie is really filling and honestly is like a tropical drink, you don’t even notice all the veggies. Your kids will love it and get all the fruits and vegetables they need without even knowing it! Enjoy!!!
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1/2 cup Coconut-Chia Kefir
2 Leaves of Kale (Stems attached only if you have a powerful blender)
Extra Large Handful of Baby Spinach
Extra Large Handful Baby Carrots
Handful of Frozen Pineapple
Place in blender in that order. Blend until smooth and enjoy immediately. Makes a large enough amount to serve 3 or 4.