March is the month for “A Bit O’ Green” and I can’t think of a better thing to do than recommit to eating and drinking more greens. The good news is that many Americans are doing just that. The green drink smoothie has replaced breakfast in many households and I think that is a good thing.
I have to admit the green drink smoothie in my house can be a tough sale at times. Getting my teenage boys to down it like they down other things requires quite a bit O’ persuasion! I wish we had been drinking green drinks since they could walk. Perhaps green drinks would be more an acceptable part O’the daily diet. So – if you are just starting out with your family, offer them green drink smoothies often.
In spite of the long faces and the “O’ no not again” comments, I am still offering green drink smoothies to my family and constantly on the lookout for more delicious recipes than the ones I have. I feel like whatever else they eat the rest O’ the day, my family has received a huge portion O’ necessary nutrients from some O’ the highest ranking nutrient dense foods around. It’s a great feeling.
I recently called my sister to ask for her green smoothie recipe she shared at our last sister’s retreat. It was definitely on the yummy side. Although it does not have any of the “Big 4” in it, it is a delicious alternative to our regular fare. In case you don’t know, the “Big 4” are kale, collard greens, spinach, and chard. They sit at the top O’the nutrient dense foods list. They also don’t tend to be a bit more bitter than you might like. Nevertheless, bananas, mint, and an orange or two take care of a lot O’ the bitter taste.
So, this March, make it a really green month with green smoothies for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack time! Here is my sister’s recipe:
1 c. yogurt
1 c. almond milk
honey or xylitol to taste
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