Make your kids (and husband) eat a salad for breakfast smoothie.

That’s quite a mouthful for the name of a smoothie but it fits. What if I told you that all three of my kids eat chard, kale and spinach for breakfast every morning. That’s kind of hard to believe right? Well it’s true except they don’t “eat” it – they drink it. Five days a week everyone in my family starts their day with this nutrient packed smoothie that basically has an entire salad hidden within the taste of fruit. Of course I can’t really call this a recipe because I don’t have exact measurements for anything (typical) but here’s what I do.

Take 1/5 of a bag of mixed greens (I use Trader Joe’s power greens which is a combination of baby chard, baby kale and baby spinach), 2 – 3 tablespoons of ground flax, one to two bananas depending on their size, half of a bag of frozen mixed berries (we use a combo of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries), about a cup of frozen mango or pineapple and put it all in your blender.  Add orange juice over all of it until your blender is about 1/3 full and blend. This makes enough to fill a sippy cup, two kids’ cups and two small adult glasses. photo picstitch-3_zps86848e54.jpgI’ve read before that the reason vegetarians typically live longer, healthier lives isn’t because they’re meat free but because they generally eat more vegetables than omnivores. With that in mind, I try to make sure that we get veggies with every meal so this smoothie is a really easy way sneak some in with breakfast. Enjoy!

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