This smoothie is delish. If your child likes chocolate and banana…they will love this. Oh yeah, and it has kale and spinach in it too. Win-win!
Ingredients (makes about 2 small child portions):
- 1 banana
- 1 cup chocolate coconut milk
- 1/2 cup frozen spinach
- 1 large or 2 small kale leaves (not baby kale – the big kind!)
- 1 heaping teaspoon of raw honey
- 1 Tablespoon of raw cacao (extra chocolate is always better!)
Blend in a high powered blender (we used a Vitamix) and enjoy immediately! Beware, your kids may ask for more.
As listed above this smoothie is dairy-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, nut-free, and vegetarian.
This smoothie is rich in antioxidants, fiber, calcium and magnesium and even has some healthy fats from the coconut milk. If you are trying to get more healthy fats/calories in your child you could even throw in a teaspoon of coconut oil! If you want to add some protein you could always add some hemp seeds, or a nut butter if you don’t have any nut allergies. Since we had this smoothie as a side to gourmet grilled ham and cheese on sprouted whole grain bread we didn’t need any extra protein. Wow, that was a good lunch. My 3 year old ate and drank it all up!
Enjoy! And don’t freak out when your kids ask why it’s a little green…tell them the truth – or not, it could always be a “monster” smoothie or green like “The Hulk”?
If your child (or yourself?) is a little averse to drinking greens, start out with far less of the spinach and kale and slowly increase amounts as time goes on. A little bit of veggies is better than nothing, and most parents tell me their kids eat close to nothing. Baby steps. Don’t try to conquer the veggie world with one smoothie!