This month I had the challenge from Stonyfield to come up with a green smoothie. I’ve made plenty of smoothies with green stuff in them. But I wanted to try something new.
As I was pureeing peas for my six month old it dawned on me that peas are quite sweet. They would be the perfect green component to a smoothie!
It also just so happens that my oldest just got an expander…and could hardly chew while she adjusted to it. I was feeding her soft food like yogurt and applesauce.
But she wasn’t eating many vegetables. I could have pureed some for her, but she’s not a big fan of that. So I gave them to her in a smoothie!
This is my “More peas please!” green smoothie. It will have your kids begging for peas. The peas give it a nice bright color (my daughter said it looks like a mint shake). Then I add some pear and honey for extra sweetness. This is perfect for spring and St. Patrick’s Day!
If you need an extra boost of fruit flavor you can add a few strawberries, blueberries or cherries. It will change the color a bit, though.
As with all of my smoothies I like to use them to boost nutrition. That is especially true when I have a child not able to eat their normal diet.
I use full fat yogurt. I like the Stonyfield whole milk plain yogurt. Then I add egg yolk, gelatin and sea salt to the mix.
You can make the smoothie fresh or prepare it the night before. Then just grab it out of the fridge for an easy breakfast. You can also pour it into popsicle molds for a fun frozen treat (this really works well to give nutritious food to sick or picky kids).
My daughter can be very picky when it comes to smoothies. But she drank this whole thing without complaint.
Are you struggling to get your kids to eat something green? Give this smoothie a try. Your kids will be begging for more peas please!
If you don’t tolerate or are allergic to peas (like my son) you can use another mild green vegetable like green beans. If you want to use greens like spinach be sure to cook them first to eliminate oxalates.
- 1/4 cup frozen peas (thawed/rinsed under hot water)
- 1/2 cup full fat plain yogurt
- 3/4 - 1 medium pear
- 2 Tbsp. honey (or maple syrup)
- 1 egg yolk (optional)
- 1/8 tsp. sea salt
- 1 - 2 tsp. collagen (optional)
- 2 Tbsp. strawberries, blueberries, cherries or raspberries (optional - for extra flavor)
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until well combined and smooth.
- Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator or in popsicle molds in the freezer.
- This can be made with coconut milk or coconut milk yogurt if you are dairy free.
- This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
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