I made this beautiful mixed berry smoothie this morning that I’d like to share with you.
I was going to add kale, but after I rinsed it, I set it aside and completely forgot to put it in my Vitamix. The color of the smoothie was stunning, so I just couldn’t help myself not to take a few photos. I also snapped a picture of my son as he devoured the smoothie (he usually squirms when I try to take a photo of him).
So the smoothie in the picture is without kale – that’s why it has this deep, intense color. Kale would make it more greenish in color, and even more nutritious. Without kale, it’s a perfect smoothie for even the most green-phobic kids and adults.
Verry Berry Blaster: Not-So-Green Smoothie Recipe
To make it into a beginner or kid-friendly smoothie, then skip the kale just like I did, and add only two stalks of celery. My son loves to drink a big glass smoothie once or twice a day. If your child refuses to drink smoothies (which is really hard to imagine, because they taste delicious), you can try various trick to encourage him or her to try them. For my tips on making smoothies for kids, read this post.
You can also use any green in the smoothie, such as spinach , collards, green lettuce, arugula or parsley. Just keep in mind that some greens have very distinct taste, so if experimenting with a new ingredient, start with a little, and add more gradually.
Berries are truly nutritional powerhouses. What makes berries so special is their high levels of phytochemicals — those naturally occurring nutrients that help protect cells from damage.
Strong scientific evidence exists that eating blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and other berry fruits has beneficial effects on the brain and may help prevent age-related memory loss and other changes, scientists report. So snag some blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries and start munching or add them to your smoothie.
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