Now that the days are longer and warmer, we’re back on the smoothie train. We start every morning with a cup of smoothie.
I started making smoothies when munchkin was weaning off of breastmilk. I wanted to pack her first meal with fruits and veggies, and smoothies were the easiest way to achieve that.
At first, my smoothies were bland at best and many times undrinkable. Who thought making smoothies would require skills? I tried many different combinations, and after a few months, I got better at it. I knew what my family liked, and I could even throw in new flavors without ruining the drink. It became so easy and convenient. During the winter months, when I just didn’t feel like starting off with a cold drink, I was lost with what to make for breakfast. Phew. I’m glad the smoothies are back.
The pineapple+banana+spinach combo is one of my family’s favorite. Pineapple and ripe banana together taste like liquid candy. And the spinach? The flavor just disappears while transforming the drink to a pretty green color.
Pineapple is a magic ingredient for my family. Just throw in a lot of pineapples, and almost everything tastes good. But I also know some kids who don’t care for pineapple in smoothies so I guess you just gotta try it out.
To make the smoothie more substantial, I added flax seed and frozen peach, inspired by Christie at home.
When the fruits are in season and sweet enough, I don’t add any additional sweetener. But I also don’t shy away from adding honey or maple syrup to my smoothies when it’s needed. That one tablespoon of honey can be the difference between refusal to asking for another cup.
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Sweet pineapple smoothie
Sweet smoothie with tropical flavors
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup frozen peach
- 1 cup loosely packed spinach
- 1 tbsp flax seed
- 1 cup coconut milk
- honey to taste
Blend all ingredients until smooth.