Drink Your Vegetables

When Finn was a toddler, he was a very picky eater. I can still name the items he would happily eat: oatmeal, yogurt, fruit (any kind!) and pb&j. To make sure he was getting a wider variety of foods I started experimenting with smoothies.

These days, both my boys are pretty good eaters. But we do have days where the best dinner I can come up with is cheese pizza. And on those days, I still serve up smoothies to help get in some nutrition. Finn prefers his smoothies to be all fruit, but this recipe is heavy on the veggies and supplements and still gets a thumbs up from him. Leo, of course, likes them all.

So here is our "recipe" for drinking your veggies. The coconut oil adds healthy fat, the flax provides some Omegas, and the ginger adds a little grown-up kick:

- coconut water (I pour to the count of 6)
- two handfuls of leafy greens (I use the Trader Joes Organic Power Greens Mix with Kale, Spinach and Chard)
- a handful of baby carrots
- one slice of fresh ginger
- about a tablespoon of coconut oil
- about a tablespoon of flax seeds
- one cup each of frozen pineapple and mango

Add all ingredients to your blender in the order listed, and blend until smooth. Add more coconut water if needed. Unless you have a very powerful blender, omit the flax seeds or use flax oil. I use a VitaMix, which I'm pretty sure could puree rocks.

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