Green smoothie aka Dinosaur smoothie

Spinach, banana, grapes, apple, almond butter and milk green smoothie, aka Dinosaur Smoothie (nickname given by my kids, of course).

I prepare smoothies for my kids a couple of days a week. They vary depending on what I have in the fridge and how much time I have to make it. Smoothies are a great way to start the day with a bunch of nutrients already in your body. As one friend said to me once, “at least I know I’ve had a good serving of fruits and vegetables before the day starts”.

green smoothie in a glass with spinach and flaxseed in the background

I rarely use a recipe for a smoothie. I usually just throw in the blender whatever fruit I have, a nut butter, flaxseed, and a plant-based milk. Sometimes I use Greek yogurt to give it an extra protein boost. But for this green smoothie I (kind of) followed a recipe from a children’s cookbook that my kids really like.

green smoothie in a glass with spinach and flaxseed

The book (Eat your greens, reds, yellows and purples from DK Publishers) aims to introduce delicious and nutritious food to kids. The recipes are organized by the color of the main vegetable or fruit of the recipe (green, red, orange, purple and yellow), so for example, in reds there is a red pepper humus recipe and in the greens a zucchini frittata. Along with the recipes the book provides some fun information about the different vegetables and fruits, so while the kids cook, they can also learn a couple of interesting things about what they are eating.

green smoothie in a glass with spinach and flaxseed

So far, we must have tried at least 3 or 4 recipes and they have been a great success. Because it is their book, they get excited to prepare and eat it and this smoothie was not an exception. I’m sure in the past I had prepared a very similar smoothie to the one in this recipe, but their enthusiasm for it for sure was not the same! And that’s what happens when you get the kids engaged in the kitchen helping with food preparation, they are more likely to try new things if they have seen and been a part of the process.

green smoothie in a glass with two straws and spinach and flaxseed on the table

I made a couple of changes to the original recipe. In the book they use almond milk, but I used a pea protein milk (Ripple Milk). I’ve been using this milk lately and I really like it. I feel it is a better option as it has a bit more nutritional value than almond milk. This pea protein milk is dairy-free, vegan, nut-, lactose- and gluten-free; and each serving has 8 g of protein and 50% more calcium than 2% dairy milk. It comes in different flavors but I always use the unsweetened vanilla. I also added flaxseed to get some extra OMEGA-3 and fiber.

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green smoothie in a glass with spinach and flaxseed

Dinosaur smoothie aka green smoothie

  • Author: Carla
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

A green healthy delicious smoothie to kick off the day. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup green grapes
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 ½ cups milk of your choice
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • Ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Put everything in the blender and blend until smooth. Add more or less milk depending on the desired consistency.
  2. Enjoy right away!!

 


Notes

  • The original recipe calls for green grapes (because it is a green smoothie) but red ones work just as fine (and you still get a green smoothie).
  • I always like to add flaxseed in my smoothies to get some extra OMEGA-3 and fiber.
  • You can use any type of milk you want. In the book they use almond, but I used a pea protein milk (Ripple Milk) that is dairy-free, vegan, nut-, lactose- and gluten-free.

Keywords: green smoothie, vegan, plant-based milk



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