Harper’s favorite smoothie

Posted on | March 14, 2012 | 45 Comments

we’ve been on a huge smoothie kick lately. not only do they taste yummy but it’s the perfect way to sneak Harper some you know, nutrients (something toddlers are very, very against). we do all kinds of variations but this is her favorite. i like it just fine myself so i thought i’d share it. it couldn’t be easier!

|you’ll need|

2 handfuls of spinach
1/2 cup or so of blueberries
1 cup chopped mixed fruit
1 banana
1/2 cup almond milk
good squeeze of honey (very technical amount)
tablespoon of ground flaxseed

we use frozen blueberries and mixed fruit usually. you can pretty much omit ice this way which is nice. the chopped fruit mix we get at costco and has strawberries, mango, papaya and pineapple. freakin’ tropical!

flaxseed is my new best friend. it’s good for you, your digestion (IF you know what i mean) and is a good source of omega-3. you can buy the seeds in bulk, grind them up in a coffee grinder and add it to just about anything. in this case, our delicious smoothie.

i shouldn’t have to say so, but next you…blend it up. try and choose a better blender than we did – this guy is a joke and we are in the market for a new one. suggestions welcome! unless you could buy an iPad with the same amount of money.

doesn’t it look so pretty before we press the button? like a nice rainbow of yummy food products.

it even looks pleasing while it’s blending up – a nice shade of green that lets you know what you’re making is healthy! bright! vibrant! just like how you’ll feel when you drink one!

unfortunately those pretty colors are short lived. i’m not even going to front, the finished product looks like poop. but it tastes delightful, i can promise you that. it’s just that green + blue + red + yellow = brown. nothing pin-worthy about this photo, right? i do what i can.

i couldn’t care less about the color because my toddler drinks it and loves it. spinach! ha – take that little human!

gettin’ nutrienty with it.

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  • http://www.hibabyblog.com/ melissa rohr

    yum! we’ll have to try this! i am always trying to sneak spinach in but it always tastes weird :/

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    Meghan Reply:

    Maybe try blending the spinach with the milk or juice first? Not sure if that helps the taste, but it helps get the spinach nice and smooth before adding the fruit.

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    Mandy Reply:

     really? my favorite part about the spinach is that i can never taste it at all. and TRICKERY for the kiddo :)

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  • http://chasingquinn.blogspot.com/ Meghan

    I just tried spinach in smoothies the other day for the first time. Good for my toddler and picky me, double win. I like the flax seed idea tho. Might have to try that. I have a decent blender but I can’t remember the brand, but holy crap is it loud!

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  • Sarah-Anne Lyons

    YUM!

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  • Han

    Green smoothie win! You should do another Harper interview vlog, her old ones are so cute, can’t imagine what would come out now ;)

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  • http://lovelylittleone.blogspot.com/ Bettina

    It might just be my really dumb overly pregnant brain, but I can’t work out the link between recommendations for buying a blender and the cost of an ipad?

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vitamix is typically the blender of choice for green smoothies, but they cost like $400. :(

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    Mandy Reply:

     i’d rather not spend a small fortune on a blender :) there are some EXPENSIVE ones, upwards of 500 bucks. NOT anywhere near our price range for a blender!

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  • Anonymous

    I make something similar every morning.  It is a great place to sneak some spinach into my diet.

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  • Malisa

    I would highly recommend the Ninja for a blender/food processor/magic genie. It does everything and comes with a bunch of different sized containers. Very nice to have in the kitchen!

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  • Anonymous

    I actually recommend against the ninja for smoothies. It is a powerful blender, but for smoothies, it just liquifies it. I haven’t enjoyed a single smoothie that I have made from my ninja yet. It is impressive to watch it blend everything up though!

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  • Roxanneemolina

    Sienna loves “smoovies” and I love sneaking spinach in. And as long as its in a pink cup she is happy. We also add Greek yogurt. We splurged big time on the blendtec but I really think it will last forever and get a million uses!

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  • http://www.lifewiththehux.blogspot.com/ Lifewiththehux

    YUM! We use the same trick on Hux…he slurps down pretty much anything you pour into his Elmo sippy.

    We have a Ninja…the ghetto version of the Vitamix, with scary ass blades to wash but it works great and was only 99 bucks (I hear it’s cheaper now..go figure.)

    Also, you should try Chia seeds! Same idea as flax but WAY more Omegas & fiber & goodness…& for other yummy greens we stick in Kale, & Parsley–HUGE nutrient content with those suckers.

    xo,
    Hb

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    Mandy Reply:

     MOAR omegas and fiber? i will grab some!

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  • http://www.pecklife.com/ Emily @ PeckLife.com

    Yum! This looks soo good! We are big on smoothies too, I’ve seen variations of this with KALE so I try to do that when Sky doesn’t notice. :)

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  • Lisa @ Lisa’s Little Loves

    That is great that she enjoys that smoothie! I was wondering what the name of the font is in the first photo. ^_^

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  • http://thejonandbrennaadventure.tumblr.com/ Brenna

     I have a Ninja food processor that comes with 4 smoothie attachments, and I have used it every single morning since I got it for Christmas. It makes wonderful smoothies! I kicked my blender to the curb. I don’t think it’s too expensive either.

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    Mandy Reply:

     sweet i will look into that one. thanks brenna!

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  • http://www.movesincircles.blogspot.com/ Marilena

    We’ve been making a smoothie similar to this, but with coconut water, which is kinda cool.  (We strain the coconut water because we can’t find it without pulp and coconut meat is kind of thick).  Coconut water, baby spinach, frozen blueberries, pineapple, watermelon, and banana.  Amazing. 

    It’s a version of Montel Williams’ smoothie, found here:  
    http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/super-energy-smoothie

    Montel Williams has Multiple Sclerosis, and so does my husband, so that’s how we found it. 

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  • http://allthethingswesee.wordpress.com/ Christina and Robert

    We’ve been looking for a good smoothie recipe! I’ve read so much about flaxseed and it’s benefits, but very much like you mentioned, the end result doesn’t always look so pretty and/or appetizing. However, if your little one likes it I think we should give it a try. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  • http://www.sarbearsjourney.blogspot.com/ Sara

    Oh man, I can’t wait to trick my nugget with these kinds of nutrition-packed treats, you know, once it’s born and big enough and all. 

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  • http://profiles.google.com/abusta1 Andrea Hastings

    This is the only way I get Quinn to eat any veggies! I sneak whatever I can in there, and if you add peanut butter, that’s all they can taste!

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  • Fabamanda

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0019K2M38/ref=asc_df_B0019K2M381936180?smid=ARUS8ER9YC4S6&tag=shopzilla_mp_1051-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395105&creativeASIN=B0019K2M38

    We are a smoothie loving family.  Hated my old blender b/c i had to take it completely apart to wash it…remove the blade, gasket,base ect.  (are you jealous that I know what a gasket is?  :)  But my new blender is dishwasher friendly and you don’t have to take ANYTHING apart!  And it was cheap!

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  • http://www.bungalow960.com Shannon

    Oh yay I’m so glad you posted this! I have been looking for taste approved green smoothies for awhile now and this one looks delicious. I am going to try it this weekend.

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  • Margaret

    When you put the smoothie in a pretty pink cup, I never would have guessed it was the color of…well…you know. :) We just replaced our blender (was from our wedding registry) and just got the cheapest one at MajorDiscountStoreChain and it was WAY better. Guess that’s what 12 years of technology improvements will get you.

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  • Stephanie

    I’ll have to look into that fruit mix at costco next time I’m there. We have a crap blender too but I don’t use it much so not really feeling like shelling out dough on a new one. And what is in your awesome pyrex bowl?

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  • ellie

    we make smoothies just like this too! and i can vouch for the fact that they look awful but taste amazing. awesome way to pack so many nutrients into something so delicious-looking :)

    this is (basically – ours is braun) the blender we use http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-CSB-76BC-SmartStick-200-Watt-Immersion/dp/B000EGA6QI/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1331828005&sr=8-9
    stick blender = cheaper and kinda simpler, easy to clean and all that fun stuff. i like how it makes a perfect single serving in the cup it comes with. we make tomato sauce in it, too – just as awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Carter loves smoothies! Such a great way to sneak in good stuff, esp with the dark cups. Recipe sounds yummy. I sometimes put in some Greek yogurt in ours, too.

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  • robin f

    I LOVE my Kitchen Aid Immersion (Stick) Blender.  Its great for smoothies; and makes pureeing soup; and steamed fruit & veggies for baby food SO EASY.  No need to transfer everything to the blender – just wizz it right up in the pot!  Also, super easy to wash.  And they cost anywhere from $30-$100, depending on the model.
    Definitely going to try this smoothie out!  My OMGINCREDIBLYPICKY two year old’s fave is:  frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, vanilla soy milk, a fresh mango, baby spinach and sweet potato (or butternut squash).  Hubby and I love it too – tastes like a milkshake!

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  • Valentina Dedaj

    i think you are the only person who can turn a post about a smoothie into something that makes me chuckle. :)

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  • Eleanor

    For smoothies, the best blender made is a vitamix…hands down! Since you don’t want to spend a fortune, which they are–new–check eBay; they sell for much much less. Even the older vintage vitamix blenders are better than so-called top of the line blenders. We managed to score our vintage vita at an auction and it worked well for about 6-7 years before biting the dust. We bit the bullet and invested in a new one and it has already paid for itself. We made smoothies, soups, sauces, and purée for baked goods. Check eBay, auctions, and craigslist. They’re true gems!:) Happy blending!

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  • Rachel H.

    I’m kind of like a toddler when it comes to getting my greens, so I cannot wait to try this! Thanks!

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  • mario z

    Mandy, i’m pretty sure that honey bear’s face is judging me. oh and this sounds really good. kthxbai

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  • http://profiles.google.com/nsking83 Nicole King

    I love it.  “Take that little human.”  So funny!  I will have to try this soon….and also with a new blender….b/c ours worked for about 2 batches of pina coladas and then it started smelling like it was about to blow up and light our kitchen on fire.  I’ll be stalking for suggestions..

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  • http://twitter.com/TieALitleRibbon Krystal

    Guess what we are going to have for breakfast tomorrow morning. Yum…. Thanks! 

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  • Mommaexpat

    Looking forward to trying this one with HJ! 

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  • http://www.misselaineouslife.com Elaine A.

    I made a version of this just today!!  I need to get more flaxseed though.  I love that there is spinach and my kids don’t know it’s in there! ;D

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  • Seattlesmithsblog

    My smoothie is very similar except I add a scoop of chocolate protein to kick start my day along with a spoonful of almond butter and Greek yogurt. I nix most of the fruit abut do add half a banana as I want a little more good fats and less sugars ;). Yummmm it seriously is what I look forward to every morning. Have you ever tried making the smoothly in advance for a few days and it being fresh? That’s my next goal!

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  • Patty

    Want a game changer? I just made (vodka) smoothies using a mason jar instead of the smoothie container, and then was able to drink out of said mason jar… You may already know that little trick, but I read it on pinterest and then had to try it and was pretty darn pleased with myself.  

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  • CLChaffee

    I have been following your blog or you could say stocking ;) for awhile and have finally gotten the courage to post a comment.

    We have a kitchen aid blender and love it!

    Side note, what type of lens are you shooting with?

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  • http://www.hbadventure.com/ hannah

    We tried this this morning and it was delicious! Thanks for the tip!

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  • Mama Durso

    My 1 year old and 2.5 year old sons LOVE IT. Thank your for the recipe!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lindsay-Murphy/856195610 Lindsay Murphy

    i bought the new mega ninja kitchen system, it beat out the vitamix and its much cheaper at $200. Still a little pricey but if you buy it through the website it has a 5 year warranty where they pay the shipping BOTH ways if something were to go wrong plus it comes with a bowl attachment for food processing where you can put in whole chicken breasts and make ground chicken/turkey plus two individual on the go cups for single servings, I’m in love.

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