I've gone on my own secret mission lately: to sneak more green vegetables into my kids (and myself and Brock). While my kids might beg to differ if they ever found out, I consider this a good mission so I'm calling myself a good spy. This smoothie recipe is the result of my good spy efforts.
My cover was almost blown the other day when I was making these and Owen saw the contents of the blender pitcher just before I fired up the blender.
"That's not lettuce in there, is it Mom?" asked Owen. "I don't like lettuce."
"Lettuce!?" I laughed nervously, "That's just the stuff that makes it green. Don't be ridiculous -- lettuce in a smoothie?!"
Hmm... Lettuce-- I hadn't thought of that...
Anyway, Owen seemed satisfied by my answer and I managed to avert that disaster. And, I was so excited to see both of my kids happily slurping down their smoothies. Brock and I liked it too-- it was fruity, slushy and sweet, but not crazy sweet, like some smoothies. And I couldn't taste the greens! Woo hoo! Get out the "Mission Accomplished" banner and the flight suit-- I was ready to declare it a success...
Until I made them the next time and Oliver didn't want any. Drat! At least the rest of us were still excited about them. But for Oliver, I had to go super-stealth: I dumped it in an opaque sippy cup with a little extra juice and called it juice. And, voila-- he happily slurped it down and my mission was again accomplished. Whew-- that could have been embarrassing, with the banner and flight suit and all...
- 2 cups lightly packed spinach**
- 2 cups lightly packed torn kale, stems and tough center veins removed
- 1/2 avocado, scooped from the peel
- 1 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
- 3 cups frozen mangoes and/or peaches***
- 2 cups apple juice
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender until smooth, pulsing to break up any larger frozen fruit chunks.
*If someone's on to you and you need to go super-stealth, you could try my method above (mix with extra juice and serve in an opaque cup) or you could hide the green-ness of this with the bold color and flavor of berries. Let's call them Smoothies Rojos: Substitute the mango and peaches with strawberries and raspberries, and the apple juice for cranberry-raspberry juice. You could also use vanilla or strawberry yogurt instead of plain to sweeten it a little more.
**I like to buy the big 16 oz clamshell packages of pre-washed baby spinach for this-- it's super-convenient (just throw it in the blender), and much cheaper per ounce than the smaller clamshells.
***A combination of both fruits is nice-- it seems to have a more complex flavor that covers up the greens a little better.