Thursday, January 13, 2011

Drink Your Spinach


Being cooped up with Bun on a multi-day sick out, I have been catching up on my sneaky purees.  Purple puree is simply about half a bag of frozen spinach, half a bag of frozen blueberries, and the juice of half a lemon simmered on the stove for a while, then blasted to a fine puree either with a wand blender or small food processor.  What you get is a deep purple thick puree that hides well in brown foods.  My favorite way to get spinach down Carter’s gullet is in a Spinach Chocolate-Peanut Butter-Banana Smoothie.

It’s so easy to make, and it’s really yummy, plus I can load it up with goodness.  LOAD it up.  The cool part is the other kids like it, too.

1 c plain yogurt
1 really ripe banana
1/4 c purple puree
2-3 T peanut butter (couple large spoonfuls, I really don’t measure this stuff)
1 scoop Trader Joe’s vanilla soy protein powder
couple good squirts chocolate sauce  or some cocoa powder and sugar
a few glugs of milk

Put it all in the blender and puree.  Add as many ice cubes as it takes to make it seem right.  Taste and make sure it’s sweet enough… if not, add a little honey.

I find with time, I can up the purple puree amounts to make it more ‘good’ and less treat.  Leftovers work great in popsicle molds.


But I almost never have leftovers.  Carter chugged three small glasses this morning.  He likes chocolate a little bit.


a frank design said...

Looks yummy. We've been making lots of semi-green smoothies with kale or spinach or chard, etc. As long as there's enough banana and berries the kids don't balk at the greens. I got the Zoku quick pop maker for Christmas and it makes pops in 8-10 minutes. The smoothies are fantastic in it and it's a bit addictive.

Kristianna said...

I should try that with other greens. Every bit helps, and, for Carter, it is a war of inches to get 'yucky grownup food' past his lips.


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