Recipe: Sneaky smoothie

How to hide spinach in a tasty fruit smoothie
Recipe: Sneaky smoothie
Jodi Danen

As a mom and registered dietitian, I strive to feed my children the recommended five servings of fruits and veggies each day. But I must confess, sometimes this is hard to do.

My biggest challenge to date? Leafy greens. My kids don’t seem to understand, or care, that greens are nutritional rock stars–topping the charts in vitamins A, C and K. It seems every time they spot a piece of sauteed spinach in a bowl of spaghetti sauce or baked casserole, the spinach ends up in a pitiful pile on their plate at the end of the meal.

After lots of time spent trying recipe after recipe, I have found the secret: smoothies. Camouflaging greens in a vibrant blueberry smoothie works every time.

Not only is the color of blueberries so bright it hides all shades of green, blueberries are loaded with powerful antioxidants. A cup contains 14 percent of our daily fiber and is loaded with vitamin C.

And make sure to use your prettiest glasses–presentation matters with both kids and adults. Stack the smoothie with cottage cheese, granola, flax and chia seeds, or use your favorites already on hand. Your kids might just beg for their daily dose of spinach.

Recipe: Blueberry Smoothie
2/3 cup wild blueberries
1/2 medium overripe banana
1 cup spinach, tightly packed
1 1/2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)
2 tsp maple syrup (or to taste)
3/4 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup granola
1 Tbsp ground flax seed
1 Tbsp chia seeds

1. In a blender, combine wild blueberries, banana, spinach, almond milk and maple syrup.
2. Blend until smooth, scraping sides as you go (it will be thick for layering).
3. Stack layers of cottage cheese, smoothie and additional toppings of choice.
4. Repeat until your glass is full.
(Makes one smoothie)

Jodi Danen is a registered dietitian, founder of Lunch Bites and the blogger behind The mom of two is also a member of Whisk, a food blogger collective.