I love smoothies in the morning and this tasty spinach smoothie recipe is an easy way to get in your fiber, minerals and even proteins to keep you going through the day.
However, even though I make my smoothies with delicious kid-friendly fruit such as bananas and strawberries, my kids will not drink them. So, I experimented with making the smoothies into “ice cream”. My kids love Plants vs. Zombies, so the “ice cream”, which is greenish from the spinach and avocado I add in, has become their Zombie Brains Breakfast Ice-Cream. And now they love them!
Sneaking them into desserts is a sure-fire way to get my kiddos to eat their fruits and veggies. While I don’t get to bake as often as I’d like to I love being able to control the amount of sugar that goes into them. A couple of my favourites are our Zucchini cake with berries recipe and our apple pita pie recipe.
Zombie Brains Breakfast Ice Cream – Spinach Smoothie Recipe!
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Now back to our smoothies!
Zombie Brains Spinach Smoothie Recipe
Get your little goblins eating their fruits and veggies with this fun take on your traditional spinach smoothie recipe.
- 1 banana
- 1 avacado
- 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1 cup fresh or frozen spinach kale also works
- 1 tbsp chia seeds*
- 1½ cups milk could also substitute with soy, coconut, or almond milk for non-dairy options
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 1 tsp lemon juice to preserve colour optional
Blend all the ingredients including the chia seeds in a blender on high-speed to make the smoothie.
To make “ice cream” pour the smoothie into an ice cube tray of your choice. I had a silicone brain mold that did the trick.
Pop out the frozen cubes 10-15 minutes before you are ready to use them to let the “ice cream” soften a bit. Serve!
Note: if you plan to enjoy this spinach smoothie recipe as a drink, you may need to add a little more liquid if you prefer a thinner consistency.
Here are my guys enjoying their “ice cream”.
Even the littlest one wanted to get in on the action!
*I have only recently learned of all the amazing benefits of chia seeds! One ounce (approximately 2 tbsps) packs in a whopping 11g of fiber, 4 g of protein, 5g of omega-3 fats all in only 137 calories! I’ve started adding a tbsp of chia seeds to my favorite pancake recipe as well- the kids don’t even notice!
What tricks do you use to help your kids eat more fruits and veggies?