Green berry smoothie

Good nutrition is critical for maintaining not only a healthy energetic body but also a positive attitude and outlook on life. While breastfeeding and pregnant, it is even more critical to eat ample protein, fruits and vegetable that contain sufficient vitamins, amino acids and other nutrients. However, it can be challenging to find the time and discipline to eat healthy.

Smoothies can be a great solution and berry green smoothies are quick and easy to make and a fun way for us (and our kids) to eat our greens and stay hydrated. Smoothies can also help you cut down on coffee. The natural sugars from the fruit give an energy boost without the harsh letdown that caffeine delivers. The yogurt supplies five grams of protein and includes important probiotics which help with digestion and immunity.

Green berry smoothie
Berry Green Smoothies
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1.Wash the chard leaves well in several changes of water to remove all dirt. If you have time flash steam the greens (to soften the fibers) by placing it in a steamer over rapidly boiling water (1 minute for chard, 2 minutes for kale.) Make sure the water is boiling before you add the greens. Steam leaves just until it becomes bright green in color as a dark green color or strong smell of chard or kale means that is overcooking and losing vitamins. 2. Using a blender, food processor or mini blender, blend the greens with 1/4 cup of the water used for steaming (advisable to cool the water first). Add the rest of the ingredients and blend for about a minute until smooth. 3. Drink right away or place next to your nursing chair to sip while nourishing your babe or store in the fridge for about 4 hours. Makes about 2 and 1/2 cups.
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 cups 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 cups 5 minutes
Green berry smoothie
Berry Green Smoothies
Print Recipe
1.Wash the chard leaves well in several changes of water to remove all dirt. If you have time flash steam the greens (to soften the fibers) by placing it in a steamer over rapidly boiling water (1 minute for chard, 2 minutes for kale.) Make sure the water is boiling before you add the greens. Steam leaves just until it becomes bright green in color as a dark green color or strong smell of chard or kale means that is overcooking and losing vitamins. 2. Using a blender, food processor or mini blender, blend the greens with 1/4 cup of the water used for steaming (advisable to cool the water first). Add the rest of the ingredients and blend for about a minute until smooth. 3. Drink right away or place next to your nursing chair to sip while nourishing your babe or store in the fridge for about 4 hours. Makes about 2 and 1/2 cups.
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 cups 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 cups 5 minutes
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*Time saving option: use 1/2 cup frozen organic spinach instead of chard or use prewashed baby greens (2 cups raw).

A “magic bullet” or similar mini blender can use the same cup for steaming, blending and drinking, which cuts down on time and amount of dishes to be washed.

Life is demanding so these time-saving steps are often the key to us getting our veggies and spending more time playing.

But, what I like most is this is an excellent way to get a toddler/preschooler (or older child or spouse) to eat their veggies. My son won’t touch anything green but he drinks at least 1 or 2 cups of this smoothie every day. Although using a sippy cup or cup with lid and straw is advised for no spill sipping fun.

It makes for a great way to start your day, or as a cool treat after your daily adventure in beautiful Maui.

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