Monday, September 22, 2014

Footsteps Toward Health

This journey to better health has brought many blessings.
One of those blessings, that I am thankful for today,
is that my children are more open to trying new healthy food choices.
They have eaten quinoa, ancient grains, gluten/dairy free crackers, 
squash, zucchini, etc.

Today I had a brainstorm about how to sneak in more greens into their diets.
Normally everyday I have a health shake that I make from organic
foods such as kale, spinach, nuts, almond milk, chia seeds, and fresh fruit.
It is a great way to get a nutrition blast and yet it tastes like 
I am drinking a delicious smoothie.

It dawned on me that my kids would probably love the taste of these shakes.
So today I created a healthy concoction that I then transferred to 
popsicle molds and froze for a refreshing, nutritious treat.

Here is how I made it if you are interested:

Delicious Nutritious Health Popsicles
Dairy Free and Gluten Free

1 cup Organic Baby Spinach Leaves
1 medium sized organic banana, sliced
1/2 cup sliced organic strawberries
1/2 cup no sugar added frozen organic berry mix
(my mix had cherries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries)
1 stalk of organic celery, sliced
1/2-3/4 cup of organic almond milk
Add all the above ingredients to a Nutri-Bullet and liquify.
Pour/spoon mix into the popsicle molds and freeze for 6 hours.

The cool thing about this recipe is you can change the greens to kale
or a super-green mix of other leafy greens.  You could add cashews,
walnuts, pistacios, etc. for a protein boost. You can add chia seeds
or other raw seeds as well.  You can switch up the fruits and add some 
fresh peaches, pineapple, or whatever is in season.
The possibilities are endless.
The natural sweetness of the fruit and berries "cover" up the 
taste of the greens and the kids never know they are there.
I do recommend using a whole medium banana no matter what other
fruits and add-ins you use because it 
gives the mix a good, creamy texture.

Hope this recipe inspires you to go crazy!
Let me know if you come up with a great version...
I'd love to try it.

1 comment:

  1. Such a similar journey - different reasons! I have found that 1/2 avacado helps give a great smooth texture and adds protein!


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