It is no surprise, but people LOVE their juices. Green, purple, anything with kale in it. I hear people raving about the delicious concoction they made for their breakfast, or see people posting all over Facebook about how they used one of those paid for nutrition packets that you add to water or juice. I'm glad people are getting some veggies in, but I hate to break it to you, juicing isn't all that good for you.
You know all that stuff you have to clean out of the mesh basket when you're done juicing? That's all the bulk of the veggies and fruit, the part that is full of fiber and other nutrients. It's the part that helps, um, move things along down the small intestine.
I have been making this green smoothie for a few years now, and everyone in my house drinks it. Which is rare, because I have a 3.5 year old and an almost 2 year old (next month!) who refuse to eat most things that aren't slathered in cheese. Mostly the processed kind from a box. This green smoothie though, they ask for it! They drink their entire cups! We freeze the leftovers from the blender pitcher and make popsicles. I then get some extra Cool Mom points by letting them eat as many popsicles as they want for the rest of the day. Silly little people don't realize they're good for them.
Here is my recipe...It's a decent base to start with, but please add or subtract and substitute to your liking!
This big blender made about 40 ounces, so curtail it to your needs.
16 oz. Organic Coconut Water (the ones from Costco because I'm cheap and so are they)
2 Bananas broken in half and smooshed down (put the bananas in right after your liquid, otherwise things don't fit...I've learned that the hard way)
a ton of Spinach (I do about 3 handfuls, sometimes 4)
Some frozen Pineapple and frozen Mango (enough to make it cold and thick for you)
Put it in a glass and enjoy! I don't eat meat and probably don't get enough protein, so I'll occasionally add a scoop of the Raw Protein you can get at Whole Foods, Amazon, or the eclectic lady across the street who buys in bulk and gets them at cost.
Here is proof that my kids like them (and also reassures me that I don't entirely suck at feeding my children despite the fact that yes, that is ice cream remnants on their little faces AND yes, they're staring off in the distance because I'm letting Sofia the First babysit).
Here's a little side note: I HATE kale. I think it tastes like seaweed, but not the good kind you get in a salad at a sushi place, like the kind you accidentally eat while body surfing, so I put spinach in things. I also detest coconut water in all other forms besides in a smoothie. So...before you swear off a green smoothie, I promise it tastes better than it sounds :) One more thing, bananas are key. They make it sweet without having to use any of the other stuff like agave, honey, or maybe syrup, which are all just genius ways the food companies have managed to market to still get us all eating sugar.