Well, I promised a photo of the green smoothie, and look here it is — almost three years later! And I was right about one thing back then: The famous green smoothie of June 30, 2012, was the beginning of a new era, but not only in our beverage options. In fact, in just 2 months and 3 days after that posting, our girl/boy twins, LA and BB, arrived on the scene. And with that we immediately entered the world of families with three children, which is a crazy place to be when you’ve only had one for almost five years. And this explains my three-year hiatus.
But while I may have taken a lengthy break from blogging, let me assure you that my kitchen saw no such vacation! I will admit that I have made exactly ZERO yeasted breads since 2012, but LA and BB have been great teachers in so many other subjects, including “How to Make Dinner in Random 2-Minute Intervals Between Nursing Screaming Twin Babies” and “What to Cook When None of Your Children Will Eat the Same Two Things.” So, yeah, there’s been plenty going on.
And the smoothies? Well, they are definitely an old family favorite at this point, and I have a tried and true formula that is easily tweaked in a variety of directions. While I occasionally make a pink or orange smoothie that involves no veggies (just fruit) or a chocolate nut-butter smoothie, most everyone seems to prefer the green smoothies, so who I am to argue with that one?
I’m not one of those moms who whips up a smoothie for breakfast every morning. Sorry to disappoint. The kids generally get a couple of pieces of toast or a bowl of hot or cold cereal, and that’s it. If I have time to toss them some cut-up fruit left over from lunchbox packing, then that’s a great day. But the smoothies are handy to make later in the day and pour in a sippy cup for the kids as a snack after school or when we are out and about. We also enjoy them with a weekend breakfast or lunch, especially when it feels a little grain/protein-heavy or when the grown-ups are having a tough-to-chew green salad for a side. Here’s the formula:
(Makes about 7 cups, give or take)
1 handful of ice
1 handful of cashews or hemp hearts
2 apples (or pears)
a bit of something citrusy (pieces of orange, a scoop of orange juice concentrate, some frozen mango or peaches)
1/2 cucumber (if available)
1/2 bunch of kale or spinach
1/2 cup or so plain kefir or yogurt
1/2 cup or so cold water as needed
And blend! I almost never put berries in a smoothie because it seems like a waste since the kids eat them up like candy in their natural form anyway. Plus most berries will turn your green smoothie into a REALLY unattractive shade of brown. Trust me on this one. Even if they look excited when you put that brown smoothie in front of them, they will NOT be happy when they take a sip and realize it tastes like sweet and sour fruitiness instead of chocolate. Because let’s face it… chocolate is really the only liquid in a cup that should be that shade of brown. Right?