Wednesday, March 13, 2013

after school snack - super green machine smoothies

Our after school activities have picked up... more often than not, my kids get off the school bus, play for a half hour or so, have a snack, and then we're off to an activity.

Lately, I have been making a green smoothie for myself in the morning, then tucking two glasses away for them as part of their after school snack.

I know what you're going to ask.

The answer: One of my kids (in the photo above) will happily try anything I offer up. And each day's smoothie is "really good!". Sometimes it's even, "the best one ever!".  My other child? It's all about an opaque glass, and an appealing (to a Kindergartner) name. And so, with that in mind, here's our latest go-to green smoothie recipe:

Super Green Machine Smoothies
(makes about 4 cups)

1 banana
2 cups fresh pineapple, rough chopped
3-4 ounces organic baby spinach
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
2 Tablespoons organic ground flaxseed meal
enough water (or coconut water) to reach desired consistency
juice of one lemon, optional (cuts the "green" taste)

Place all ingredients into your blender. Serve in a glass, or opaque, cup! 

Note that the chia seeds will make the smoothie thicken, if you're making it ahead... so, you may need to add more liquid and re-blend it right before serving, if it gets too thick for your tastes!


  1. Why do I never think to add pineapple to my smoothies? Seriously--I have to remember this. It sounds delicious!

  2. Orange juice really helps cut the greens flavor, too. Sometimes I throw a whole tangerine in!

  3. Thank you so much for this recipe! I've been wanting to make green smoothies for my family, but this is the first time a recipe has sounded palatable for kids! The addition of pineapple is brilliant.


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