I recall one early spring morning when an old co-worker of mine was particularly distraught because her four-year-old son refused to eat anything but ice cream for breakfast. After listening to her vent about his latest bout of pickiness, I suggested that she make him a smoothie. Her face lit up like I’d handed her a winning lottery ticket; she called me a genius, slapped her forehead, and wondered aloud why she didn’t think of that. The following green smoothie recipe is sweet but not cloyingly so; if the green color bothers your choosy little one, simply add blueberries, blackberries, strawberries or raspberries to change the hue.
Kiwi Green Smoothie
1 cup 100% juice blend (I used Trader Joe’s orange peach mango juice)
1 heaping spoonful (use the spoon in the container) green food powder (I used Trader Joe’s berry green food)
2 teaspoons ground flaxseed
2 bananas, peeled and broken into chunks
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.