24 August 2014

Stegosaurus Smoothie - My Ultimate Green Smoothie




The Ultimate Green Smoothie 

This is my favourite green smoothie. I've made it a lot over the last few weeks and thought I should share it with you.  It's a beginners green smoothie. It's very easy to drink and has a fresh sweet flavour. I've passed it round at work to all those unbelievers. Each of them stared at it suspiciously, but after a bit of persuasion they tried it and pronounced it delicious.

easy green smoothie



A fresh and sweet green smoothie


As you can see I used banana to sweeten the smoothie. I also named it Stegosaurus Smoothie to interest Cooper in it.

Cooper has been drinking homemade smoothies since he really little. I find it an easy way to get extra fruit and veg into him on top of what he is getting in his meals and snacks. It's particularly good for those he isn't so keen on.

Something else he isn't keen on is green smoothies. So when I told him I was making a stegosaurus smoothie, his interest was immediately piqued and he was happy to try it.

Unfortunately his pre-conceived ideas about drinking something green with spinach kicked in and he only drank about a third of it,  but it was a great place to start. Hopefully if I keep making it for him in between his other smoothies, he'll get used to it.

It's quite a simple green smoothie and my powerful Froothie blender made short work of it. You could add more greens but this is a good one to start with.



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Stegosaurus Smoothie
A simple fresh green smoothie that is highly addictive.
Ingredients
  • 100 g fresh spinach
  • 8 cm piece cucumber
  • a handful of fresh mint
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp wheat grass powder
  • 400 ml apple juice
  • a few ice cubes
Instructions
1. Whizz up all the ingredients in a blender.2. If you don't have a powerful blender don't add the ice cubes and cut down the cucumber and banana or you may burn out the motor.3. Pour and enjoy!
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Yield: Makes 4-6 glasses


For those of you who've been following my blog for years I thought you might like to know that Cooper started school this week. He is enjoying it so far, although none of his friends are in his class, so he is still finding his feet. Here are a few photos from his first day.



34 comments:

  1. What cute photos of Cooper. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  2. Thanks for this- anything named after a dinosaur is cool by me :) And little Cooper looks so sweet in that pristine uniform (wait until half term!) Hope you don't miss him too much during the day... more time for blogging, though?!

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    1. I wish! I work, so don't have time to miss him too much. I'll feel it on my day of during the week though.

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  3. Aw, sweet little Cooper in his school uniform - how handsome! And clever you to name this lovely smoothie so he would at least try it. Half the battle. I wonder if one named it after a Game of Thrones character it might tempt reluctant adults?

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    1. Haha, it would be worth trying Kellie :)

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  4. Loving that smoothie - I think the mint will take it to another level!! Best of luck to Cooper - he certainly looks very happy!
    Mary

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    1. The mint gives it a lovely fresh flavour and you can't taste the spinach at all. Oh and he is enjoying going in to school.

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  5. A great way to help kids enjoy their greens! Hope Cooper settles well into school, glad to hear he's enjoying it

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    1. Thanks Kate, he seems to be enjoying it, but I think he has a lot of growing up to do, still such a baby in many ways. He's smart, but I think he's quite young emotionally and physically.

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  6. Looks delish Jac, as does Cooper in his little uniform - what a sweetheart!
    Janie x

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  7. Green smoothies are awesome. My children have been drinking them since they came off breastmilk and the green ones are their favourites. Lovely recipe - I'll have to give it a go! :)

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    1. Way to go Elizabeth. I shall keep trying Cooper on the gren ones. May put it in a metal bottle he can't see inside next time, so he only tastes it.

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  8. I bet the cucumber and mint make this taste so fresh, and I love the apple juice and banana for sweetness. You might convert me to a green smoothie yet! :)

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    1. It really is fresh Becca and this is a perfect green smoothie to tart with. Lip-smackingly delicious!

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  9. Nice smoothie - I could be converted!
    Oh and I love the pics of Cooper he's so cute!

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  10. Great idea with the name, I'm going to have to use some creative names to get my kids to start eating more fruit and veg.

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  11. I love this, what a great name, it sounds so delicious too. I really need to start thinking of cool names like this so my boys go for things more! x

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    1. Thanks Hannah, sometimes you have to be sneaky :)

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  12. Wow - go Cooper! Go Jac!! Wild horses would not have got something THAT green down my throat when I was his age ;)

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  13. What a fabulous colour and awesome name... even I might be tempted by a Stegosaurus Smoothie (cucumbers are my food nemesis). Could you replace the banana with something different (am allergic)? Cooper looks so adorable! Hope his first day went well x

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    1. Yes, go for something else sweet instead of the banana. Apples, pears or maybe a touch of honey.

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  14. Golly - my baby is just off to University.... and I hope she would drink a green smoothie (rather than eating Pot Noodle).... what could I call it to make it more appealing to an 18 year old?!

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    1. I am sorry to tell you that adding alcohol to it would probably work Sally .

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  15. sylvia loves smoothies but wont drink green ones either - I think it looks beautiful - getting cooper to drink any of this sounds like a win

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    1. Yes I think you are probably right. I'll maybe let him help make it next time.

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  16. Thanks for this lovely recipe! I was recommended to drink one green smoothie per day and will definitely try this one, especially as it has banana in it :)

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    1. Well I hope you love it as much as I do. It's my favourite smoothie at the moment.

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  17. Such a good idea to name the smoothie something fun, and I think I may try this idea out on my son who loves dinosaurs. Hope Cooper is having a great time at school, they change so much from the start to the end of the school year which is lovely to see :)

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    1. Hope he likes it too Laura and yes Cooper is loving school. Although I think the teacher has told him he has to stop cuddling her.

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