This is a guest post by Jenna Helwig, food editor at Parents.
My daughter and I are smoothie junkies, and judging by the proliferation of smoothie cookbooks and smoothie shops we're not the only ones. Thankfully, this is one addiction that can be super-healthy for kids and adults. A classic smoothie of fruit and milk, either cow's or non-dairy, provides a boatload of vitamins, fiber, and protein (if you're using cow's milk). But with a few tweaks, we can get even more nutritional bang for our buck—without scaring off the kids.
For ideas on how to make our smoothies even more healthy, but no less tasty, I turned to Tess Masters, a.k.a. The Blender Girl. Tess recently published her first cookbook with 100 gluten-free, vegan recipes including several smoothies. Even better for us smoothie fanatics is her new app, also called The Blender Girl, which is available through the iTunes app store ($4.99). The app features 70 recipes with a new one added each week. Tess kindly shared a few of her top tips for parents.
Ready to put this advice into action? Try this sweet and creamy recipe from Tess's new app. Tell the kids there's kale blended in, or just call it a banana smoothie. Remember what you named it, though, because your kids are sure to ask for it again.
Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale Smoothie
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked for up to 4 hours (if you have time)
1 cup torn-up curly green kale leaves (1 or 2 large leaves with stalk removed)
2 ripe bananas, fresh or frozen
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups ice cubes (a little less if using frozen bananas)
Put all of the ingredients into your blender in the order listed and puree for about a minute, until smooth and creamy. Tweak flavors to taste (you may like a bit more kale or sweetener).
Makes 2 servings