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I don’t know what it is but my kids have recently decided green stuff in any form is something they no longer love or have a relationship with.  WHAT!?  Seriously?  It’s like they are teenagers already and like a boy and then a week later decide they don’t.  Ok, maybe that was me when I was a teenager and I’m getting confused?  Ha, but seriously they used to be the kids I loved to brag about because they ate their greens.  Now it’s like I have two totally different children who look the same but have totally different eating habits.  Hmmmm!  What to do?  Here is what I did…I blended the green stuff all up in a smoothie and gave it a really cool name so they wouldn’t know that they are actually “eating” their greens.  I know, it’s kind of like I’m telling a white lie.  It’s a little one, so thats ok right?  But seriously, a mom has to do what a mom has to do.  I’m desperate I guess….NO I’m a caring mom that is only doing the best for my 5 year old girls. HA!  Call it what you like I’m happy when they drink this smoothie down in a flash and are happy healthy girls in the end.  With that being said I make this smoothie (or a version of it) often.  The thing about smoothies is you can play around with what you put in them.  So you do the same with your smoothie.  Have fun but don’t forget those greens.  One of our other favorite smoothies we have made several times lately and added in spinach.  It’s a winner and they have no clue!  Genius!

Some other stuff to keep you entertained.  I read Juli’s post today in line today at Starbucks about the Bachelor this week and laughed out loud.  I couldn’t agree more with her thoughts and I seriously thought I was the only one on earth.  I wasn’t a die hard viewer of the Bachelor but I followed enough to really think that his final choice would NOT be Catherine.  Really?  Seriously?  Again, a waste of several hours of my life watching that all go down.  I do have to thank the person that invented the recording aspect (what did I do before) because I did fast forward most of the drama that unfolded.  Any who, totally disappointed and happy to hear Juli felt the same. Ha!

13.2 is going down for me tomorrow and practiced this morning in the gym.  My only take away….it’s going to SUCK!  Seriously, I’m not looking forward to it.  May the force be with you all who are doing it in the next couple days.  I hope you rock it because I seriously don’t know if I’m going to.  75 might be light to some but anything involving my shoulders and pushing overhead I SUCK at in a big major way.  Yes, I do know what I need to work on for sure.

One more thing, the site is going to be redesigned in the next few months.  SOOOOOO excited about that fact!!!  I’ve out grown this site from when I started it and now I need to put on some grown-up blogging pants with a new look.  A makeover of sort.  Don’t worry it won’t be till May when it will come out so everyone can see BUT I’m totally excited about it and of course couldn’t keep a secret.  I suck at secrets.

Ok, enjoy the smoothie and don’t do crazy things on Sunday for St. Patty’s Day.  Ok, you totally can I’m kidding.  I have done my fair share in my lifetime….look at me I sound like a old lady saying that!  Ok, I’m out.  Have a good weekend!

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Green Monster Smoothie (for St.Patty’s Day)

1 cup canned coconut milk

1 cup spinach leaves, loosely packed and washed

1 cup kale, stems removed and loosely packed and washed

1/2 cup fresh pineapple, cubed (or mango)

1 frozen banana

1/2 cup ice cubes

1/2 cup water

Optional Add Ins:

1 tablespoon coconut butter or almond butter

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon honey or 1 pitted medjool date

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into a blender making sure to place the coconut milk in first.  Blend until smooth, taste and add additional goodies in to taste and blend again.  Serve and enjoy.

Makes 1 large smoothie or 2 small smoothies

 

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15 Responses to Green Monster Smoothie

  1. I love a good smoothie like this! Great recipe for the weekend, and cute little banana cut out!

  2. Stacy says:

    You will rock 75#! No worries!

  3. How delicious and how healthy! Love green smoothies and especially love the shamrock banana cut-out–brilliant! :-)

    Shirley

  4. Love green smoothies and I totally know what you mean about teenagers and green foods!

  5. Pearl says:

    Been trying a few of your recipes and am loving them so far! Going to try this one with brunch tomorrow :)
    By any chance are these the cookie cutters you use? And if they are which size did you buy?? I want to get some :)

    http://www.amazon.com/Ateco-Piece-Aspic-Jelly-Cutter/dp/B000I1X2U6/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1363662180&sr=8-11&keywords=mini+cookie+cutters

  6. Meg says:

    Just a tip, in case you’re concerned about iron: due to the oxalate content in raw spinach, it’s a good idea to lightly steam your spinach instead of eating it raw. It increases the bioavailability of the iron. You don’t lose out on too many nutrients this way. I like to sprinkle my spinach with a bit of water and microwave it for about a minute.
    Not saying you HAVE to do this, but just something to consider. :)

  7. amanda says:

    This was so great, I recently have found your site and I’m loving it! Best of all my five year old and 2 1/2 year old loved this! Thank you.

  8. Jenny says:

    Good to know there is a benefit to steaming. Because of my thyroid it was recommended to not eat raw Spinach or kale. Thanks!

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  10. Julie says:

    Made this tonight and enjoyed it. Thanks!

  11. Kay says:

    Just made this for brekky in my Thermomix as yesterday I started a 28 day paleo diet for a research project at the university where I work. I put in a pear instead of pineapple or mango and it’s absolutely delicious!

  12. Jean says:

    Love this smoothie! What other fruit combinations might you suggest other than pineapple (mango) and banana?

  13. MDelicious says:

    There are a number of great fruits out there that you could try in this smoothie depending on your favorites. For example, frozen peaches, berries – blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries, and fresh melon would work too. Happy you enjoyed the smoothie!

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  15. Maddy says:

    Hi, just wondering if this would be fine made the night before and served in the morning? Also, do you think I would be able to sub the fruit for apple? Thanks

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