In hopes of not wanting to scare him away from smoothies forever, I decided to use two familiar flavors - strawberries and bananas - and to go easy on the spinach, adding a little less than half of what I normally would use. I was tempted to leave out the spinach completely this first time, but I'm so glad I didn't. I added a small handful of spinach, tasted it, and I couldn't even taste the difference, so I figured why not. I also added the ground flaxseed to his smoothie as I normally add to mine, since it doesn't change the taste and is a great source of omega-3s, fiber, and antioxidants. No surprise, he slurped this baby down faster than I could say smoothie. In fact, he loved it so much that when I tried to take the sippy cup away from him to refill it, he responded with a death grip. He did NOT want to let that thing go! Thankfully, after a few silly smiles and a little coercing, I managed to almost willingly remove his fingers. I refilled his cup and promptly returned it to him, and he greeted me with a big smile and happy little kicking feet. I have a feeling this will be the first of many healthy green smoothies for this little man.
As for serving it to the little man, I used a Dr. Sears Smoothie Sipper (photo at right). I had attempted to serve it in a regular straw sippy cup awhile back with no success. The straw wasn't wide enough to accomodate liquid with a thicker consistency and ended up being very difficult to clean. I would recommend either using a regular cup with a disposable flexible straw or a sippy cup designed for thicker liquids, such as the Dr. Sears one.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 large ripe banana
- 1/4 cup orange juice (or water or milk)
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt (I prefer greek yogurt)
- 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed
- 1 small handful of baby spinach
- Add all ingredients to a blender.
- Mix until smooth, approximately 2 minutes, stopping to mix the ingredients down with a spoon as needed. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
Notes: For the strawberries, I used half frozen and half fresh since I had a few fresh berries on hand. If you were to use all fresh berries, then you might want to add a little ice to get the right consistency.