We are happy to welcome Noelle Martin as our guest blogger this week! You are sure to fall in love with her Superhero Smoothie featuring spinach, Veggie Buds Club's veggie of the month!
Noelle Martin is a Registered Dietitian and mom of three young boys. She has a passion for educating, inspiring, and empowering moms to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. Noelle loves involving her children in food planning and preparation for their home and sees the kitchen as a perfect area for teaching both academic and life skills. Follow @MotherhoodandMeals on Instagram for Noelle's nutrition tips, recipes, product reviews, and motherhood moments.
Spinach is a powerhouse food that is packed with nutrients and phytochemicals. A wonderful way to add spinach to a child’s (or adult’s) diet is through adding it to smoothies. This recipe is called “superhero smoothie” because just as superheroes in stories fight crime, the spinach in this smoothie helps fight off illness! Smoothies also provide a wonderful opportunity to have your children help you. Having kids in the kitchen is a wonderful way to teach about food as well as academic and life skills. As they add the ingredients you can have conversations about the colour and texture of the various foods, count them as you add foods in, and for many recipes there are times of taking turns and following instructions. Also, children who help prepare foods are more likely to eat them. So it is a win-win!!! So now, onto the recipe! Perhaps you want to pair it with berry-filled pancakes for a delicious heart-healthy meal.
-1.5-2 cup coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
-2 handfuls of baby spinach
-1/2 cup KeyLime Yogurt (or vanilla yogurt with a squeeze of KeyLime juice)
-Optional: a few pitted dates or a drizzle of agave or honey for a little extra sweetness
-2-3 ice cubes
1. Blend all ingredients together in a high powered blender and serve with a fun straw!
Note: if you would prefer to make this a smoothie bowl you can use less liquid and too it with hemp hearts, chia seeds, and/or homemade granola!