Liquid Vitamins? PureBebe’s Immune-Boosting Green Smoothie

“I like it. Because it’s very, very sweet and it’s smushy.”

That’s exactly what my 3-year old said when I asked her to describe “mommy’s smoothie.” Little does she know, it is packed full of essential immune-boosting vitamins from berries, spinach, kale, and other ingredients.

Last winter, I grew tired of paying top dollar for fresh organic berries. I gave each of my kids a couple handfuls of fresh berries every morning with their breakfast. That being said, I loved the fact that neither one of my children ages 3 and under had anything worse than a runny nose throughout the entire winter season. And last winter was the first one in which we decided to forgo the flu shot. And did I mention that both of my kids go to daycare? I am convinced now more than ever that organic berries boost immunities. So I spent several days over the Summer picking organic berries. I picked, froze and stockpiled fresh organic blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries all Summer long.

As the days have become shorter, the weather cooler, and colds more prevalent, I have begun putting my berries, and blender, to use. Surprisingly enough, I have even managed to add in other healthful goodies into our smoothies, and my kids keep begging me for them every single day. As of the past few weeks, I have made smoothies for my kids 2-3 times per week and supplement non-smoothie days with Nordic Naturals chewable multivitamins.

Immune-Boosting Green Smoothie

~2 cups of organic apple juice as a base at the bottom of the blender
1-2 handfuls frozen organic raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and/or strawberries – I usually use 3 of these 4 berries in each smoothie
1-2 long pieces of organic kale
1 c frozen organic spinach (or dark leaf lettuce)
1 banana
1/3 cup of flax seed meal
1 TBL Arctic Cod Liver Oil (fish oil) – Stored in the refrigerated Health foods section at the grocery store. We use Nordic brand. It smells like lemons to me!
Any other fruit you’d like to throw in (peeled oranges, pineapple, apple slices, canteloupe/honeydew, grapes, etc.)

I start by adding 1-2 handfuls of berries. After the berries are well blended, I take out a long piece or two of kale, wash it/them, and throw in the blender whole. Then, I add the frozen spinach. Next, I add the flax seed meal and Cod fish liver oil. Then I add in other fruit like pineapple, peeled oranges, canteloupe, honeydew, apples, basically whatever fruit I have in the house.

If you’re making this smoothie for the first time, it might help to put the smoothie in a sippie cup or thermos with a straw that your kids cannot see through. The color of your smoothie should be dark purplish/greenish and not very appealing looking. However, the taste is AMAZING. Once your kids try one, they’ll be standing by the blender, watching every step, and super excited the next time you make one.

A few additional notes:
I keep the lid over the top of the blender as I dump stuff in and keep the motor running. As I throw ingredients into the blender, it tends to splash, so make sure to keep that lid close to the top to avoid a huge smoothie blowout. I have found that if you put all the frozen stuff in at the same time and then turn on the blender, the frozen stuff will probably get stuck in the blade at the bottom.

The only thing I would not recommend adding is a beet. I haven’t used them in smoothies, but I know people who have and they said that beets can completely ruin a smoothie. No offense to beets, they are extremely healthy for you. However, if you want your kids to try, like, and beg for your smoothies, they need to taste sweet!

I add fish oil to the smoothies once a week for the kids. You will probably want to discuss the fish oil with your pediatrician to determine how often to incorporate it into your child’s smoothie.

Happy blending!

Do you make smoothies in your house?
What ingredients do you use/recommend?

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8 Responses to “Liquid Vitamins? PureBebe’s Immune-Boosting Green Smoothie”

  • Sounds yummy! My mother-in-law puts frozen/fresh spinach in her smoothie every morning, too. I’ll have to give this a whirl!

  • These ingredients are going on my grocery list as I write this so the family can try the smoothies this weekend! I cannot wait! Anything I can do, on top of our other vitamins and supplements, to boost us up-I am going for it!

    • I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, Rebecca! It’s a great way to start the mornings – chalk full of berries and vitamins. I was cracking up this morning as I handed my kids their smoothies on the way to daycare, thinking “who eats spinach and kale for breakfast?” Well, my kids do (and of course I make enough for me to have a big smoothie, too). I can’t think of any other way I’d be able to get spinach and kale into my kids’ little bodies (they don’t prefer it if I serve either one with dinner). And I know they can’t taste it in there because I can’t either. :)

      • I also purchased some YoBaby Organic Yogurt at Wegman’s the other day that has “fruit on the bottom” puree of peach and squash! My boy loved it and was none the wiser!

        • My kids loved the YoBaby yogurt! It is super YUMMY. They didn’t have the vegetable variety when my firstborn started eating yogurt (almost 4 years ago), but I bought it every week for my youngest for a while. Now they eat Stoneyfield organic yogurt, with the fruit on the bottom. The funny thing is, they both get upset with me if I try to stir it up. So, they eat the yogurt at the top first (tastes like plain yogurt), and then if they get to the bottom, they eat the fruit at the bottom last. Today I decided to just buy Oikos organic plain yogurt and see if they notice – i’ll probably chop up some fresh fruit for the bottom of their yogurt bowl. We’ll see how that goes over! :)

  • Heather, I’ll have to admit that I was a bit hesitant to try kale in my smoothie. But I did this morning and it was great. I couldn’t find the frozen spinach in a bag that was loose, so I just did the kale. My youngest tried it but watched the process. He liked it but not the idea of it, so next time I’ll have to be inconspicuous while adding the veggies. Makes me want a juicer!

    • Oh I’m so glad you liked it with the kale, Kristen. Although I do like the taste of kale (i’ve been making kale Greek salads lately), I can’t taste it in the smoothie (which helps win over the kiddos). As far as the juicer goes, I think the only things you’d need it for are carrots and citrus (oranges, etc.). Other than that, I think the health benefits you get from consuming the pulverized skins (i.e. berry skins, etc.) are innumerable to count. They usually have quite a bit of fiber as well as other healthy properties. I would forgo the juicer and just peel your citrus before you throw them in. The only thing you’d really be giving up is carrot juice, unless I’m missing something. Can’t wait to hear what he thinks when he tries a smoothie without knowing what’s in it. ;)

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