By: Claudia Laffin, from The Traveling Spoon Personal Chef
We have all struggled trying to get our kids to eat more vegetables but this smoothie is the perfect snack to pack in loads of spinach, with a taste kids will love. In our house we call this smoothie The Green Monster.
It’s perfect for toddlers (just pop it in their sippy cups) and for babies make it a little thicker by cutting the coconut water down to 1/2 cup and serve it up with a spoon. The pineapple and banana make this smoothie nice and sweet, so even your pickiest vegetable eater won’t taste all of that wonderful spinach. The avocado gives it a nice creamy texture and adds some healthy fats. If you don’t have coconut water, regular water works just fine – I just prefer the extra electrolytes coconut water provides.
Green Monster Smoothie
– 3 tightly packed cups of spinach
– 1 1/2 cups coconut water
– 2 cups frozen pineapple
– 1 frozen banana
– 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
1. In a blender, blend the spinach and coconut water until smooth.
2. Add the frozen pineapple, frozen banana and avocado. Blend again until smooth.
3. Serve and watch your little ones drink up those wonderful greens!
Claudia Laffin is a food photographer and owner of The Traveling Spoon Personal Chef, serving clients in and around Asheville, North Carolina. She has been a health food advocate and natural lifestyle follower for over 20 years. During that time she enjoyed working in numerous stores in the health food industry, including Earth Fare! Claudia’s desire to bring health food to more people motivated her to start her personal chef business. She loves cooking healthy, organic, non processed and delicious food for busy families in their own homes and helping them find a path to a healthier life. Follow her Instagram account to see what new things she’s cooking up!