Kid Approved Green Smoothie! (Dairy Free)

This delicious smoothie is a favorite in our home. My daughter regularly asks me to make “The Green Smoothie.” I put this smoothie in sippy cups for both of my children and they drink it down in seconds-even my one year old!

Spinach is incredibly rich in Vitamins A, C and K as well as folate. Kiwis are an outstanding source of Vitamin C while pears provide a good dose of dietary fiber. All in all I am quite pleased my children drink this “juice” over store bought apple juice that may be tainted with arsenic. Plus I get to add in greens. And did I mention I love it too?!

Add to Vitamix or Blender:
3 kiwis
1 pear
1 cup spinach
1 1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp. raw honey (or coconut sugar if child is under 1 year of age)

Blend on high for several minutes. Pour into glasses, sip cups and the like…and enjoy!

These ingredients work great together. I also add in chia seeds and/or kale sometimes too.

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  1. Sounds great Laura! My kids always break out w/ kiwis, so I will sub a different fruit..I bet a manila mango would be fabulous here! Tessa@TessaDomesticDiva

  2. Oh man-yeah I don't want that to happen! A mango sounds great. You could also replace the kiwis with a banana or two, perhaps?!

  3. yes, this sounds adult approved too!

  4. Yum! I have everything but the kiwis though. I'll have to try the banana or mango idea.

  5. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!
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  6. This was absolutely delicious! I don't have Chia seeds yet, so I added flax and omitted the sweetener. My kids, hubby and I all loved it. I think I added 4 ice cubes and we made four 8 ounce servings.

    W/out the sweetener it comes to 68.5 calories per serving basing this recipe on 4 servings. I used the recipe calculator from another website for the nutritional info and was amazed how vitamin packed this smoothie is!

    Thanks for the iherb code, I placed a nice fat order a couple nights ago! It was nice because I found another brand of coconut palm sugar that was half the amount in price with more volume. Yay!

  7. Maureen-you just made my day! I am so glad your family enjoyed the smoothie. Where did you find the nutritional info? That would be so helpful for my recipes!

    I am so happy you found a good deal on iherb. I get my coconut sugar from there often. Have a wonderful New Year!

  8. This smoothie sounds great! Since we don't do gluten I'm always on the lookout for great snacks/meals for my kids. Thanks for sharing on the Living Well Blog Hop!

  9. This is the nicest sounding green smoothie I've seen in a long time! I love the addition of the kiwis and the pear. Thank you for sharing this delicious drink with Let's Do Brunch.

  10. Thank you so much Jo and April. I hope you get a chance to drink it alongside your brunch this week!

  11. Laura, I'm a member of sparkpeople.com and in the nutritional tracker you can enter recipe's to add food to your tracker. That way you are able to track your calorie's etc. Now, since this is your recipe and not mine,to follow the terms of use, I have to make sure that I don't "share" the recipe and keep it private for my own personal use. I'm sure if I google a recipe calculator, another one would turn up.

    I have a question for you. One of my spark friends is making gluten free cupcakes for a wedding. She came to me for advice and I haven't really made a cake that I liked yet. Is there a favorite recipe you'd like to share? The wedding is in May.

  12. Here's a good recipe calculator I just found:

    http://recipenutrition.com/

  13. This information is fantastic, Maureen. I bookmarked the recipe calculator and will try it out soon! I do have some cupcake recipes, but let me work on a good one I feel confident about for a wedding. I'll get back to you in the near future on that :)

  14. This looks really yummy!!! My kids are open to trying new recipes, and I'm going to try this one out on them. Thanks for sharing!!!

  15. I am so glad your kids will try new recipes Kristi-that is wonderful!

  16. This looks great! I've been looking for a smoothie like this for my kids! New follower. I'd love if you'd follow back.

    http://www.forhimandmyfamily.blogspot.com

  17. Looks good! I don't have a juicer–love smoothie recipes I can make in the blender; thanks!

  18. My son always asks for spinach in his smoothie, but when I try to feed him spinach with dinner he freaks out. LOL

  19. Just curious but our vitamix guy said we could use the whole kiwi, aka no peeling. Do you use the whole thing?

  20. Ahh Amy, perhaps try making creamed spinach or hiding it in a recipe like lasagna?

    You can put an entire kiwi in a Vitamix for sure, but I don't know how the peel would taste or what the texture would be like. Let me know if you try it!

  21. I like the kiwi and pear combination. What a great way to get lots of nutrition in a delicious drink.

  22. I have all the ingredients on hand and am going to give this a try tomorrow for breakfast.

  23. Wonderful-I hope you enjoy it Alea!

  24. I will have to try this fruit/spinach combo. Our "Dreen Smoothie" was spinach with pineapple, mango, and no sugar OJ. Super good, but this combo looks even better and I have all of these ingredients on hand, so the little man and I will be giving this one a go :) Thanks!

  25. Sounds great! I always love a great smoothie recipe. I think my kids would love this one. Thanks for linking up to Things That Make You Say Mmmmm!

  26. Fabulous n Healthy Green smoothie recipe Dear.Luv it

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