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Kid-Friendly Green Smoothie Recipes

Updated on August 24, 2017

Green Smoothies Kids (and Adults) will Want to Drink

Nearly all the green smoothie recipes I've seen are geared towards adults who want to get more vegetables in their diets. That's all well and good, and in fact, I'm one of those adults. However, children can greatly benefit from green smoothies. What better way to help develop great eating habits than to introduce healthy foods at an early age. Kids' pickier palates can't usually handle smoothies based on wheatgrass or other somewhat stronger flavors as well as grown ups can, so I've put together a set of recipes to help kids drink their veggies.

And, let's face it, parents are busy and we don't always have time to get to the health food store to buy specialty products like spirulina and other not-so-common ingredients that inhabit many green smoothies. That's why I've only included green smoothie ingredients that are relatively easy to obtain at a good size grocery store. In addition, you'll see a number of suggestions for substitutions in my recipes. Tweak them all you want....you know your kids' tastes best.

You'll notice that not all these smoothies are green-colored. When I say 'green smoothie,' I'm referring to the fact that it contains greens like kale, spinach, swiss chard or other green leafy vegetable. Most of the ones we make are actually purple.

....and if all else fails, freeze your smoothies into ice pops. My nieces won't touch a smoothie, but they'll wolf down a popsicle made of the very same smoothie mixture.

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Why Green Smoothies?

How my family started drinking some of our fruits and vegetables

I'd always thought the idea of green smoothies was a little gross. Most of the ones I'd seen looked kinda like slime, so I imagined that they tasted either like mushy vegetables or funky socks, neither of which was appetizing. Then my family got in a breakfast rut. I think we ate cereal nearly every morning for months. It was so easy to eat quick-fix processed food on autopilot, but my husband and I were determined to have something healthier AND add more fruits and vegetables to our diet.

One of my moms' group friends mentioned that her son (same age as my daughter) loved homemade smoothies and that she added a bit of spinach and avocado to the ones she fixed for him. I was intrigued. I threw together my first green smoothie with some frozen fruit, soymilk and maybe 5 leaves of spinach. It tasted pretty good, so I made more smoothies, gradually adding a bit more spinach every so often.

This led to more experimenting around with smoothie flavors, since my daughter would tend to get tired of the same flavor every time. Some of my early recipes led to the ones I make more often now. However, a few others met with dismal failure, particularly a couple where I just threw every piece of fruit I found in the fridge into the blender rather than as a result of too many greens.

After a bit, I got into a smoothie groove and had upped the greens in each batch enough where I was pretty happy with how much extra nutrition we were getting each day, and happy about how much less processed food (breakfast cereal in particular) we'd dropped from our morning routine. Even better, I learned how having the spinach, kale, etc. pureed beforehand improves your digestion of it as opposed to eating greens whole. Yay! Another unintended benefit.

Sometimes I miss the convenience of boxed breakfast cereal, and occasionally I'll pull it out if we're in a rush or I'm just feeling lazy, but around 8 mornings out of 10, I'm starting up the blender to mix up our deliciously healthy smoothie breakfast.

Photo credit: BunnyFabulous My daughter, age 3, sipping her morning smoothie

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People think I'm a tad crazy when I first tell them that I own a $450 blender. What could it possibly do that much better than a regular blender? A lot, actually. My husband had to talk me into getting our Vitamix in October of 2011, and I reluctantly went along with him. It was kind of his Christmas present, so that helped. After using it just a few times, I noticed a few major improvements over our old inexpensive blender.

1) Everything was liquefied. I mean everything -- grape skins, flax seeds, ice, huge frozen strawberries, blueberries, spinach leaves, peach skins and orange pith, to name a few. No more little bits of fruit skin or greens to get stuck in your straw or gross out your 4 year old.

2) Because everything gets liquefied, you don't have to chop stuff up before putting it in the blender. Just remove the seeds, cores and stems that you wouldn't put in the smoothie anyway, and put everything else in as is. Seriously. Don't peel apples or peaches because you don't have to. It's been a tremendous time-saver, especially since I make smoothies most every morning.

3) Capacity. If you're making smoothies for more than 2 people, you really need a bigger blender. This one's got a larger container than the vast majority of 'regular' blenders.

4) It's super-easy to clean. Rinse it out, then add a drop or 2 of dishwashing soap. I just fill the blender halfway with warm/hot water, then turn it on high speed for 30 seconds. Rinse out the soap, and voila, it's clean. You don't have to take anything apart. Again, I really, really appreciate the time this saves for me.

 

My Smoothie Recipes

After lots of experimentation, I created a few green smoothie recipes that my family enjoys. The ones I have below are all at least vegetarian, and could easily be made vegan by substituting non-dairy yogurt or just eliminating the yogurt altogether.

A yummy vegetarian smoothie. Bright green in color. All my measurements are approximate since I usually eyeball the amounts, so feel free to tweak the recipe to suit your taste.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5-15 min.

Total Time: 10-20 min.

Serves: Approx. 3 servings, depending on the size of your serving

Ingredients

  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh spinach (washed)
  • 1 medium orange -peeled
  • 1 large ripe peach -pitted. Or use equivalent amount of frozen peaches
  • 2 bananas -peeled
  • 1/2 cup vanilla flavor Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds or flax seed meal
  • 1/2 to 1 1/2 cup water -to taste for consistency.

Instructions

  1. Chop spinach and fruit, if that's necessary for your blender to puree them adequately. Add all ingredients to the blender, starting with the spinach on the bottom. (I've found that tends to blend them better). If you're using frozen fruit, start out by adding 1 cup water to the blender, if not, start with 1/2 cup of water and a handful of ice cubes. Blend, pausing to test for consistency. Add more water or ice as needed until the smoothie reaches your desired thickness.
  2. Note: Longer prep time is if you have to chop fruit. Shorter prep time is for using a professional blender (such as a Vitamix or Blendtec) where you don't have to chop anything up
  3. Photo credit: BunnyFabulous --AKA this photo was taken by me. :)
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Yule Fuel Smoothie - This recipe takes advantage of fruits that are in season around Thanksgiving and Christmas time

This festive smoothie combines the tart redness of cranberry and the green of kale, then offsets it with the sweetness of pear. It's pretty tart if you don't add much sweetener, so add more healthier sweetener options to cut the tartness if you like.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 2-3

Ingredients

  • 1/2 to 1 cup kale - large stems removed
  • 1/2 cup cranberries - fresh or frozen (don't use canned)
  • 1 cup strawberries (frozen preferred)
  • 1 or 2 ripe pears - I prefer bartlett
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup vanilla or plain greek yogurt
  • approximately 1 tablespoon Truvia/agave nectar/honey or other natural sweetener. Choose the one that you like best.
  • 1/4 cup water - more Ice or water to taste if necessary for smoothie consistency

Instructions

  1. If your blender isn't powerful enough to chop the fruit itself, chop all fruit ingredients, and the kale too if necessary. Add all ingredients, including 1/4 cup of water. Blend thoroughly. Take a little taste, then add more sweetener and/or ice or water to taste and to your desired consistency.

Make it icy!

If your child balks at a smoothie's texture, try blending 4-5 more ice cubes into it. My daughter had loved McDonald's smoothies, but sometimes turned up her nose at mine. I made the texture of our homemade ones more like the McDonald's smoothies, and she drank them right up.

Serving Size

Serves: 2-4, depending on serving size

Vegan Deep Purple Green Smoothie - Kale and dark berries amp up the nutrition of this vibrantly tasty smoothie. My daughter says these taste like the berry smoo

  • 2 large leaves of kale -large middle stem removed
  • 1 small apple (preferably a sweeter type) - cored and seeded
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 3/4 cup frozen mixed berries (raspberries/blackberries/blueberries)
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 1 cup Silk Fruit and Protein drink (can substitute 1/2 cup vanilla soymilk and 1/2 cup 100% juice berry juice)
  • water and ice -to taste for consistency

Instructions

  1. Chop kale and fruit, if that's necessary for your blender to puree them adequately. Add all ingredients to the blender, starting with the kale on the bottom. (I've found that tends to blend them better). If you're using frozen fruit, start out by adding the Silk Fruit and Protein (or soymilk & berry juice) to the blender. Blend, pausing to test for consistency. Add more water or ice as needed until the smoothie reaches your desired thickness.
  2. If most of your fruit is fresh (not frozen), start out by adding the Silk Fruit and Protein (or soymilk & berry juice) and a handful of ice cubes to the blender. Blend, pausing to test for consistency. Add water or ice as needed until the smoothie reaches your desired thickness.
  3. Note: Longer prep time is if you have to chop fruit. Shorter prep time is for using a professional blender (such as a Vitamix or Blendtec) where you don't have to chop anything up
  4. Photo credit: BunnyFabulous --AKA this photo was taken by me. :)

Berry Banana Peach Smoothie - The traditional combo of banana and strawberry gets a sweet peachy twist.

This one's a nice starter green smoothie with a familiar color and flavor profile. Start out with the suggested amount of greens to keep the color of the smoothie redder if you wish, then add more spinach in subsequent batches.

Serving Size

Serves: 2-4, depending on serving size

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup packed spinach leaves
  • 2 bananas -peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries
  • 2 large ripe peaches -pitted
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt - vanilla flavor or plain
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • sweetener (optional - to taste) suggestions: stevia - honey - agave nectar
  • water and ice -to taste for consistency

Instructions

  1. Chop spinach and fruit, if that's necessary for your blender to puree them adequately. Add all ingredients to the blender, starting with the spinach on the bottom. (I've found that tends to blend them better). If you're using frozen fruit, start out by adding 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water to the blender. Blend, pausing to test for consistency. Add more water or ice as needed until the smoothie reaches your desired thickness.
  2. If most of your fruit is fresh (not frozen), start out by adding 1/4 cup water and a handful of ice cubes to the blender. Blend, pausing to test for consistency. Add water or ice as needed until the smoothie reaches your desired thickness.
  3. Note: Longer prep time is if you have to chop fruit. Shorter prep time is for using a professional blender (such as a Vitamix or Blendtec) where you don't have to chop anything up

Pear-y Yummy Green Smoothie - Use ripe or slightly overripe pears for the best taste.

This one turns out a lighter green color

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5-10 min.

Total Time: 15-20 min.

Serves: 2-4, depending on serving size

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 ripe pears
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup vanilla or honey vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk alternative (almond milk/soymilk/etc.)
  • 1/2 cup mixed berry juice
  • water and ice as needed for consistency

Instructions

  1. Chop spinach and fruit, if that's necessary for your blender to puree them adequately. Add all ingredients to the blender, starting with the spinach on the bottom. (I've found that tends to blend them better). If you're using frozen fruit, start out by adding the milk alternative and berry juice to the blender. Blend, pausing to test for consistency. Add more water or ice as needed until the smoothie reaches your desired thickness.
  2. If most of your fruit is fresh (not frozen), start out by adding the milk alternative and berry juice and a handful of ice cubes to the blender. Blend, pausing to test for consistency. Add water or ice as needed until the smoothie reaches your desired thickness.
  3. Note: Longer prep time is if you have to chop fruit. Shorter prep time is for using a professional blender (such as a Vitamix or Blendtec) where you don't have to chop anything up
  4. Photo credit: BunnyFabulous --AKA this photo was taken by me. :)

To Hide or Not to Hide - Many green smoothies hide the taste of the vegetables in them with fruits and other ingredients. Weigh in on whether you think this is

Should you hide the taste of vegetables in smoothies and other foods?

Smoothie Tip:

Smoothie ingredients can get a little pricey. To help keep costs down, use recipes that call for produce that's currently in season. Use frozen fruit if it's cheaper, or better yet, get fruits and veg from your local farmer's market.

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Potential Smoothie Ingredients

You know the flavors you and/or your family like and what you might like to get out of a green smoothie, so I've included these lists of smoothie ingredients to help you think of your own recipes. These lists aren't exhaustive, they're merely meant to get your creative juices flowing about what your custom smoothie would include.

Greens to Use in Your Green Smoothies - Here are my favorites as well as some other popular greens

These are what make your green smoothies, well, green. Raw greens are overwhelmingly nutritious and the fact that they're already pureed makes them that much easier to digest. Typically, these ingredients don't add much to your smoothie's flavor profile, which is good if you (or your kids) have a hard time eating them in their plain form. They do change the color of smoothies though, so keep that in mind.

  1. Spinach -- The gateway green. It's mild flavor and wide availability make spinach an easy choice for those beginning to make green smoothies. Nutritionally, it's no slouch either. These dark green leaves are high in calcium, iron, fiber, Vitamin C and magnesium, just to name a few. Spinach is in heavy rotation in my family's smoothies, and I can usually pack quite a bit of it in without affecting the flavor.
  2. Kale -- Kale is my new best friend for green smoothies. Its flavor is a bit sharper than spinach, so you have to make sure the rest of your ingredients can handle balancing it out, but it's worth it for the health benefits. Raw kale is a very good source of potassium, Vitamin K, calcium, Vitamin C and more. It's also a good source of iron and fiber. Most interesting to me is that it's got very anti-inflammatory properties.
  3. Swiss Chard -- This is a popular green for smoothies, but not one I've ventured out into yet. Like kale, it's got a bit of a sharp flavor on its own, but it's very filling and packed full of nutrients to start your day off right. It's a great source of a lot of the same nutrients as spinach and kale, but with the added benefit of being a very good source of Vitamin E. I may just have to try it out soon myself!
  4. Romaine -- I know people put this super-easy-to-find green in their smoothies, and it's a healthy option with similar nutrients to spinach, kale and swiss chard. I've tried it, but I can't seem to get the pureed salad taste out of the smoothies I make with it. Hmmmm... maybe you might have more luck.

Eat Your Kale in a Green Smoothie

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Ideas for Fruit Ingredients - From the common to the 'wow, I never thought of putting that in a smoothie,' here are some ideas of fruits to include in your gree

If you make up a yummy new green smoothie recipe, please let me know about it!

  1. Bananas - They add sweetness, potassium, and bulk to a smoothie. They're one of the ingredients I use most often, especially since they go with so many flavors.
  2. Strawberries - Another of my favorite smoothie ingredients since their flavor profile blends well with many other fruits and hides the taste of vegetables easily. They have more sugar than other berries, so if you're wanting to cut the sweetness, go for darker berries.
  3. Raspberries - A little berry with a stronger tart than sweet flavor, it's great paired with other berries. If you have other sweet flavors in the smoothie already, raspberry can give a little extra zip. Its flavor translates well to ice pops if you freeze your smoothie leftovers. They're high in Vitamin C too.
  4. Blueberries - You'll get your Vitamins K and C from these little blue nutritional powerhouses. Blueberries turn smoothies dark purple, so they're great for hiding the green color of your greens if you so desire. Like raspberries, they tend to pair well with other berries, but their flavor isn't quite as distinct.
  5. Blackberries - Nothing says summer to me like the taste of a ripe, juicy blackberry. Want more fiber and folate in your diet? Add some of these sweet/tart berries to your smoothie and watch the color of your drink turn a deep purple. They also have a good flavor as a frozen fruit pop, but make sure to pair them with some sweetness like grapes, pears, etc. if you want to cut the tartness.
  6. Peaches - A good source of Vitamin A and Niacin, the mellow flavor of ripe peaches has a lot to add in rounding out the flavor of a smoothie. Pairing well with berries as well as citrus, I find peaches a great addition to a smoothie. I sometimes just put them in with strawberries and greens, and not much else.
  7. Pears - You wouldn't think a pear would add much to a smoothie's flavor profile, but I've found that they add a sweetness that doesn't taste too sugary. While they do have a lot of natural sugars, they're also a very good source of fiber, so I use them frequently when they're in season. They blend very smoothly too. I'd highly suggest using fresh pears as opposed to canned, and definitely avoid pears in heavy syrup. Not so healthy.
  8. Apples - Too many apples in a smoothie can give it an applesauce-like texture, which is great if you like that. I personally don't care for it, so I usually limit my smoothies to one good-size apple. They're a great filler fruit with good amounts of fiber and Vitamin C and a pleasant taste that doesn't overwhelm other fruits. I like pairing apples with grapes, and it's a familiar flavor profile to children. If your blender can handle it, keep the skins on the apples for extra nutrition.
  9. Grapes - While they're in season, I almost always have grapes on hand, so they're an easy choice for a smoothie ingredient. A very familiar and appealing flavor to most children (including mine), either red or green grapes add good amounts of Vitamin C and Vitamin K. If your blender isn't as powerful, you may get bigger pieces of skin, however.

    If fresh grapes are on sale, buy a large amount of them, and freeze them for smoothies. Frozen grapes are another one of my favorite snacks too. Try them and see why.

  10. Oranges - Essential for the creamsicle-flavored smoothies, and also helpful for kids who enjoy orange juice to transition into smoothies. Oranges add fiber, folate and of course, Vitamin C. They lend a strong flavor to smoothies, though, so unless you want them to be the main flavor of a smoothie, go light on them.
  11. Plums and Prunes - Prunes (dried plums) add a stronger flavor to a smoothie than fresh plums, and tend to complement berry flavors the best.
  12. Dates - These tasty little fruits don't have much to offer in the way of vitamins and minerals, but I've liked them occasionally as a better alternative to sweetening with sugar.
  13. Kiwis - These cute little fruits bring potassium and Vitamin E to your smoothie, and of course, go well with strawberries. Unless you have a high-powered blender, you may find their little black seeds adding texture to your smoothie. I like to get these when they go on sale (which where I live is rarely) just for a little variety.
  14. Pineapple - I generally prefer berry smoothies, but every once in a while I get a hankering for a tropically flavored smoothie. Pineapple comes in very handy for these occasions, and adds Thiamin, Vitamin B6 and Copper into the mix. Like with oranges, don't be heavy-handed with these unless you want them to be the dominant flavor. Use fresh pineapple whenever possible, and steer clear of canned pineapple in syrup.
  15. Mango - I know lots of folks who add mango to their smoothies, but it hasn't been one of my daughter's favorites, so I've tended to avoid it. Your kids may like it a lot though, and if you include it in your smoothie, they'll get a very good source of Vitamins A and C.
  16. Lime - Add a little zip, Iron, fiber and Vitamin C with the tanginess of a lime. You can even put them in whole; the rinds are edible and just add more flavor. My daughter doesn't care for lime as much, but I add it to smoothies for my husband and I.

Other Green Smoothie Ingredients - While these don't necessarily make a smoothie 'green,' they come in handy for taste, texture or nutrition. Use as you see fit

  1. Carrots - We all know they help with vision, and their sweet flavor also comes with Vitamins A and K as well as Manganese. I'll often toss a few in just for a little extra nutrition boost. At least for the smoothies I've made, they haven't added much in the way of flavor, though.
  2. Avocado - My friend's favorite green smoothie additive lends a slight creaminess to the mixture, as well as heart-healthy fats. I like to add it every so often to my green colored green smoothies, like the pear one. The flavor goes well with a lightly sweet smoothie, plus the green matches.
  3. Soymilk, Almond Milk, Coconut Milk and other Milk Alternatives - Each add their own distinctive flavor and health benefits, especially for those avoiding dairy. I like their light sweetness, and add them along with water to balance out a smoothie's consistency. Sometimes plain water can get a bit too drab and when I use a milk alternative it lessens the need for using sweeteners.
  4. Fruit Juice - Juice adds flavor, but not much else in my opinion. I'll use it sparingly or in place of using a sweetener since it lacks the fiber that whole fruits contribute to a smoothie. For children used to the flavor of juice, however, it can lend a familiarity to help get them used to drinking smoothies. Use 100% natural juices!
  5. Greek-style yogurt - If you haven't tried Greek-style yogurt yet, I'd definitely recommend it. I find it much more flavorful and satisfying than regular yogurt, and it has much more protein. The consistency is thicker and custard-like, which adds some denseness to a smoothie. I make sure that any yogurt I add to smoothies has live and active cultures to benefit my family's digestion.
  6. Protein Powder - We used to use this more often in our smoothies to add protein into the mix, but it does affect the flavor, so be aware that you may need to use some more strongly-flavored ingredients to get a taste that you find appealing.

What to Do With Leftover Smoothie? Make Ice Pops!

Don't be afraid to make a huge green smoothie. It won't go to waste if you make popsicles from what you don't drink right away.

What's just as healthy as a green smoothie and sometimes even more tasty? An ice pop made from green smoothie.

At first, I tried to control the volume of my green smoothies so we wouldn't have any left over, which was too time-consuming when I was tweaking new recipes. Lots of times I had to add more water, juice, or milk-alternative for consistency's sake which gave me more smoothie than I'd bargained for. Enter the dollar-store ice pop molds. I saw them on the end of an aisle during a shopping trip and the lighbulb went on in my head...just freeze the extra smoothie in them to make a yummy frozen treat for later. Maybe not a genius of an idea, but I was pretty proud of myself.

The smoothies froze really well, and they became an easy, healthy treat to give my preschooler. She's probably one of the very few kids who gets popsicles for breakfast on a regular basis. In fact, I encourage that as an alternative to smoothie since she likes them a lot, and it's just another way for her to get her greens and some fruit, fiber and protein to boot.

As we started making more smoothies, we made more ice pops, so I upgraded to some better popsicle molds that make the process easier. I eat them as a snack every day as an alternative to less nutritious snacks like crackers or my downfall....chocolate chips.

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My Favorite Popsicle / Ice Pop Maker - I've had this since December, 2011, and use it at least 4-5 times a week to make ice pops from leftover smoothie.

Zoku Quick Pop Maker, Make Popsicles in as Little as 7 Minutes on your Countertop, White
Zoku Quick Pop Maker, Make Popsicles in as Little as 7 Minutes on your Countertop, White

While you can make some fancy-schmancy popsicles with this ice-pop maker, I've found it to be incredibly useful for just plain old one flavor popsicles. I keep the base in my freezer all the time so when I want to make popsicles, I just put the sticks in the molds and pour in the smoothie. Seven minutes later, I have ice pops! That's incredibly convenient when I want to give my daughter a super-healthy treat for breakfast. I don't have to wait for hours for my ice pops to freeze, and it's easy to make several batches in a row.

Another benefit: you don't have to wash the base out every time. The popsicles just pop right out, and I just thaw out the base every so often and rinse it off. Then I just dry it and refreeze. Before, I was constantly handwashing popsicle molds. I like that the Zoku's ice pop handles are dishwasher safe too. They're pretty sturdy, so they don't break like some of the cheaper handles I'd previously used.

 

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      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      To this day, I've not been able to tolerate V-8 juices. However, their fruitier ones go down far better. I would definitely hide some veges. [Not able to post to the duel module above.] I recently purchased a Breville juicer. I can't wait to start trying out the addition of homemade juices to my diet. The only drawback will be getting decent veggies and fruits in the "off season." Great lens.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      4 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for writing this. I have a smoothie most mornings, and also recently planted some spinach in a pot on my windowsill. I know what I'll be adding to my smoothies now once they start growing.

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      WhiteIsland 

      4 years ago

      I just made one that I really liked: https://hubpages.com/food/strawberry-banana-kiwi-g...

      Eating them every day, I feel like I run out of ideas, and I'm typically not very good at pairing flavors (when I experiment, I end up with a giant pitcher of smoothie that still doesn't taste yummy :P), so I'm happy to have found your lens. I can't wait to try some of these!

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 

      5 years ago from Johanesburg

      NIce yummy lens for healthy kids , thanks for sharing

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      Molly Evans 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great lens!

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      dudokdudok 

      5 years ago

      We have JUST introduced smoothies into our children's diet. So far they LOVE them. Never tried the green ones. Thank you for sharing, will defo give it a go. Lovely lens.

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      HuyMarketer 

      5 years ago

      I love green smoothies

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      Missmerfaery444 

      5 years ago

      Definitely going to try some of these! My little girl is actually the opposite of many kids - she has a very savory tooth and loves nearly all vegetables but the only fruit she will eat is apples. She does however LOVE fruit smoothies - at the moment I buy them in cartons but I want to start making our own. I love kale and want to try swiss chard too so am looking forward to trying these smoothie recipes!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      ohh yum yum

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      DebW07 

      5 years ago

      My daughter makes healthy smoothies every day and I'm sure she would love your recipe ideas. Thanks.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      Loved your idea about making ice pops with the extra smoothie blends. I think all children should have healthy smoothies in their diet. Appreciate your commitment to healthy eating.

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      Lauren 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Love this! Will have to give some of these green smoothies a try for my turned-picky-almost-2-year-old!

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      norma-holt 

      5 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      my granddaughter loves her veggies and she just started having green smoothies.. I like the popsical idea , we will be doing that next. thanks for the idea!

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      Laraine Sims 

      5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      No smoothies recipes but I will leave a blessing for this very nice lens. Well done!

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      Prescriptiondrugrehab 

      6 years ago

      This hub is motivating me to drink more smoothies. Before I would limit the ingredients but now I realized that I can vary and try different mixes until I find the one I love.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I love green smoothies. Usually I drink them several times a week - sometimes daily.

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      spids1 

      6 years ago

      I actually need start drinking healthy smoothies myself.

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      stillrunnin88 

      6 years ago

      great lens

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      unqedomain 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for this amazing ideas , I will try it.

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      KiddieoMall 

      6 years ago

      Good lens. But whenever I don't have time to make them at home, I just give the kids Trader Joe's Green Plant drink. It has fruits, spinach, broccoli, etc.

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      Spiderlily321 

      6 years ago

      I just made a lens on my own green smoothie recipe called niki's green banana smoothie. I love green smoothies so much! Thanks for sharing your great recipes.

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      SquidooMBA 

      6 years ago

      These looks delicious! Great lens...

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      BunnyFabulous 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @norma-holt: Thanks for blessing this lens! I wouldn't call one serving of leafy green 5-6 times per week (in a smoothie) excessive, though.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      always there is time for a smoothie!!! Great lens

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      norma-holt 

      6 years ago

      Nicely done lens although I am not in favour of forcing so many greens into a small child. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs

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      microfarmproject 

      6 years ago

      Yum! Thanks for posting!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      nice lens and i hope the drinks will be quite delicious!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I have heard that one fruit a day makes your body more resistant ...

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      Thrinsdream 

      6 years ago

      Great article really enjoyed it, it's late at night so I can't make one but I am so hungry now! Where is my water . .. .. :) with thanks and appreciation (and drool) Cathi x

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      trendydad 

      6 years ago

      i love smoothies great lens

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      getmoreinfo 

      6 years ago

      I like the idea of creating ice pops with the left-over smoothies.

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      susansweaters 

      6 years ago

      These sound good.

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      CCTVwebmaster 

      6 years ago

      Your recipes sounds great, really want to try them all!

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      abb1fan 

      6 years ago

      I'll have to try them . . . my kids don't like things that are green!

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      MelonyVaughan 

      6 years ago

      Your recipes looks great - can't wait to try them!

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      jholland 

      6 years ago

      They are great for kids - just be careful not to overdo it. A person I know tried to eliminate dairy from her kids' diet by giving the little ones carrot juice and green smoothies. Her 20 month old turned orange!

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      Cathie Dunklee-Donnell 

      6 years ago from Calgary, Alberta

      I love green smoothies and for kids, that's even better.

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      JustBeLove 

      6 years ago

      Great idea with the ice pops!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image

      KimGiancaterino 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful lens ... I will definitely incorporate your ideas!

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      pangaloon 

      6 years ago

      I love your lens, and it is such an inspiring subject. Our family are vegans,and we have a high raw food diet. We love smoothies and juices, because they are a good way of getting nutrients very quickly. Our girls love spinach and banana smoothies, but I also make a a lot of date and banana- as it takes like chocolate milkshake. Yesterday I made a nettle juice :)

      Well done on such a well formed lens- stay juicy

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Congratulations on receiving your purple star

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      Tamara14 

      6 years ago

      I'm glad I've learned these great tips. My blender will finally get used on daily basis :)

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      rachelscott 

      6 years ago

      Wow i am so inspired by images which you shared on your lens.

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      linkreggie 

      6 years ago

      I'm glad I saw your lens. thanks for sharing this informative lens.

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      Genesis Davies 

      6 years ago from Guatemala

      Great lens! I make green smoothies on a daily basis for my husband and I. My middle son also drinks them, but the oldest prefers sans greens. I love to use spinach because it doesn't add any flavor and everyone is happy with it. We also have the advantage of living in Guatemala where fruits and vegetables are super cheap and easy to get hold of.

      Another green to add to your smoothies . . . parsley! It adds a nice fresh, bright taste.

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      gatornic15 

      6 years ago

      You have some great smoothie recipes here. I am going to bookmark them for later. Congratulations on your Purple Star!

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      PaigSr 

      6 years ago from State of Confussion

      I am not sure why I opened this page, but I am glad I did. There are three smoothies that I look forward to trying and sending to my sisters. One is vegan the other vegetarian. And yes I am a former vegetarian so I know how good the food can be.

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      iijuan12 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Great lens! It's been ages since I've made green smoothies. I really should get back to doing them. We all loved them. Blessed and liked.

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      WindyWintersHubs 

      6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congrats on your Purple Star! Would love to try these recipes but I have to invest in a better blender. I have one on my wish list so maybe soon. These recipes are awesome. Thanks!

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      pawpaw911 

      6 years ago

      I'll have to try this on my grandson. Looks like a healthy choice to me.

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      Ruthi 

      6 years ago

      I haven't made fruit and vegetable smoothies since my son was a wee one, but now that I have a grandson it might be good to begin making them again. The grandkids (and myself) would enjoy a smoothie popsicle now and then!

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      bestkidstoys 

      6 years ago

      Awesome smoothies. Never thought of freezing the left over juice. That would be a refreshing treat in the summer!

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      Fcuk Hub 

      6 years ago

      Great ideas of making smoothies. I'm going to try some :)

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      FashionMommy 

      6 years ago

      Making ice pops out of leftover smoothies is a great idea.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I have straight vegetables in my smoothies and have at least two every day. You would be amazed how awesome they can taste with some fresh lemons and liquid Stevia extract in them. :)

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      flycatcherrr 

      6 years ago

      I appreciate these recipe ideas - I've tried green smoothies a couple of times but really didn't much care for them. These look quite promising, and I'm motivated to try again. :)

    • BunnyFabulous profile imageAUTHOR

      BunnyFabulous 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: You could leave out the bananas and put more of the other ingredients. A few other ideas for banana alternatives: Greek-style yogurt, pears, peaches or avocado if you're trying to add some healthy 'filler' ingredients. Try a few different ones to see what you like.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Suggestions for those of us who don't like bananas? I'm wondering how you think some of these combinations would be if I just left them out...

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      hlkljgk 

      6 years ago from Western Mass

      great page. since we got our vitamix, the entire family has had a green smoothie daily for breakfast. yum!

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      SquidooMBA 

      6 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for sharing. The popsicle idea totally makes sense. I appreciate your telling us about that as well!

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