I've definitely been posting a lot of smoothie recipes lately! Last week I shared this delicious mint chocolate recipe, and before that this pumpkin pie recipe. The reason we drink so many smoothies is because it's the easiest (and most delicious) way for us to get fruits and veggies into our bodies. That is especially true for my kids! Feeding even the healthiest little eater 2 cups of fresh spinach is a challenge. In my experience, it is much easier to serve my kids a tasty smoothie that they can drink in minutes! That doesn't mean they never eat whole foods (they do), but I certainly don't expect my two and four year olds to eat 2 cups of fresh spinach in one sitting. If you're interested in what we feed our toddler and preschooler, check out our clean eating baby & toddler foods e-cookbook!
The main reason we drink smoothies, of course, is because of the nutritional benefits. Inflammation is at the root of many diseases- including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and auto-immune diseases. High antioxidant foods such as cranberries can fight inflammation, lower bad cholesterol levels, and improve brain function. Besides that, cranberries are great for your skin and teeth! Still not convinced you should be adding cranberries to your diet? Cranberries are high in iodine which is an essential mineral for a healthy thyroid. The thyroid gland is important because it is responsible for metabolism (among other things). An iodine deficiency can cause fatigue, depression, high cholesterol, and swelling of the thyroid. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables can be a challenge! Make it simpler by adding a smoothie to your routine and heal yourself along the way.
Total time: 3 minutes | Yields: 1 Smoothie
- 1 pear, cored
- 1 orange wedge, peeled & seeded
- 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
- handful of ice
- 1 cup cold water
- 2 cup fresh spinach
- Prep the ingredients: cut the core out of the pear and peel the orange wedge and remove seeds if necessary.
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth- enjoy!
- If you find that this smoothie is too tart for you, you should add something for sweetness like honey or liquid stevia.
- The color of your smoothie should be darker than this picture. I made the smoothie a bit differently for the sake of a pretty picture. Brown just isn't as appetizing, though still delicious!