Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Popeye Would Be Proud (Clean Eating Day 9)

There was a picture of our dinner to go with this post. I decided against using it. I was afraid if I showed you the picture, you would react just like an 8 year old. An 8 year old being weaned off of S'Mores PopTarts...my daughter. There was crying & gagging & begging at dinner tonight. You would've thought I was force feeding cow tongues & eyeballs. All I did was serve a smoothie. Ok fine, there was spinach in it (a whole heckuvalotta spinach). But my husband and boys couldn't even taste the spinach. Neither could I. When you try it, you won't taste it either; however, the girl adamantly insists she tastes spinach!! Yeah right. She's never even eaten spinach. She wouldn't know what spinach tasted like if it ended up in a smoothie at dinner. See there, I just proved my own point. Yes, I could've slipped it in without telling her. That was the plan...but the little rat snuck up on me while I was blending...I had no idea she was there...eyeballin' me the whole time. I really need someone to make a silencer for the blender. 

I found tons of great smoothie recipes here. It's my new favorite site. I tweaked the recipe I found for the purposes of feeding my family of five. And yes, it was YUMMMMMY:
  • 1 C almond milk
  • 1 C water
  • 4 C spinach
  • 2 ripe bananas (that's my preference...I use bananas that are very ripe; otherwise, I notice a bitter taste)
  • 1 C frozen blueberries
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 T ground flax seed
This recipe made plenty, with some left for me to have in the morning. 

P.S. Please be kind. If you have a child who loves spinach, spinach in smoothies, and would never consider touching a S'Mores PopTart...YAY for you. Now, just be grateful and gloat in silence. Thanks. ;)


kaci01467 said...

what about people who have kids that eat chocolate chip poptarts for breakfast but willingly devour salted canned spinach or spinach salad at dinner....can we still gloat? LOL

karen said...

So far I haven't made a smoothie with spinach, but my daughter does, and she swears you can't taste it. I'll have to try it. I have a little smoothie recipe book that I love. I have to tweak the recipes a bit as I don't use dairy and I don't want to make smoothies with things like strawberry sorbet (well, I WANT to, but I don't) and so far it's been working out. Does the spinach make it a weird color? Maybe that's what put your daughter off? Keep it up though - you're my inspiration!

Snarky Belle said...

Kaci, you can gloat. :D it's just that I don't think having kids who enjoy poptarts as well as spinach is uncommon. I have two boys just like the kids you described. I think it's more uncommon to find kids who would actually turn down a poptart, in favor of spinach.

Karen, I promise you can't taste it. I like spinach anyway, but the thought of mixing it with sweet things is what I wasn't crazy about. The color was weird, but that wasn't it. She was not thrilled with the idea of what she called a "weird spinach smoothie". I said, "Well call it a blueberry banana smoothie." She said, "But I saw that pile of spinach you put in there." It's all a mind game. But, the boys were eager & happy to try it. Thanks for the encouragement!! :)

Dixie Mom said...

I LOVE spinach smoothies. One of my favorite ways to eat my greens. Keep on going!

jen said...

No gloating here, although most of my kids eat spinach.

I've been afraid to try spinach in a smoothie for the exact reason Karen mentioned--don't wanna taste it. I'm going to pin your smoothie site and vow to try a smoothie with spinach when I get back from the pioneer trek this weekend.

Sue said...

I have made this same smoothie, or variations on it. I love using the almond milk!


Em said...

how is it possible that i have missed your grand return!!?? i birthed a third pork loin, bigger than the first. a whopping 9.6lbs this time. sheesh. woman, it's like seeing an old friend i haven't seen in years. i haven't added spinach to my smoothies, but i have been on a kale berry smoothie kick lately.

1 c greek yogurt
3-4 kale leaves
1 c frozen berries
1/2 c juice
1/2 banana

blend it all up in my fancy ninja blender i got for mother's day. heaven!