· By Julia Boase

Green is for Go Smoothie

A lot of you have told me that your kids don't like banana ( I totally get it, two of mine don't either), so I've kept this smoothie banana free!  The trick to getting your kids to accept a green smoothie is to keep it on the sweeter side. To do this I use a combination of no added sugar apple juice and water. If your kids need a bit more encouragement, use all no added sugar apple juice. As their palates mature and become more used to drinking green smoothies, you can easily decrease the amount of juice added or forgo it altogether for water.  

Spinach has long had a reputation as a super food (remember Pop-eye?). It's a great source of carotenoids like beta-carotene which promote eye health. It's also rich in vitamin C and Vitamin K, magnesium and iron (although the absorption of iron is fairly poor). Teamed up with apple and mango this smoothie will meet all your vitamin C needs and give you a good hit of gut loving fibre too. 

Happy smoothie making and remember to let me know what you think of this smoothie by tagging me on instagram @nudie_rudie_lunchbox !

Green is for Go Smoothie

1 cup frozen diced mango
1 cup baby spinach leaves
2 tsp chia seeds
1 green apple diced
1/2 cucumber
400ml no added sugar apple juice (I use Nippy's brand)
400ml water
ice if not using frozen fruit

Add all ingredients to blender and blitz until smooth. 

Makes 3-4 small child sized smoothies. 


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