Sweet & Creamy "Green-Super-Goo" Smoothie

Photo: EcoParent magazine

Smoothies are an excellent on-the-go snack for kids, and also great as part of a meal. This recipe is a super way to get in some greens without them even knowing it. The avocado is not only nutritionally beneficial (see Superfoods 101: An Introduction), but the excellent fats make the power boost of this drink last longer. Even though the banana and dates give this smoothie a sweet taste, the avocado slows down the entry of glucose into the bloodstream for a steadier burn. The combination of all three makes it particularly creamy and smooth—the perfect texture for a smoothie! Kids will also likely enjoy the fun “ick” factor of the superfood powered “green-goo” appearance that actually tastes sweet and yummy!

2 cups almond or hemp milk or coconut water
2 Medjool dates, pits removed
1 banana
1 cup loose spinach leaves (or chard)
½ avocado
2 tbsp chia seeds
½ tsp vanilla
1 tsp bee pollen (and some for sprinkling on top)
splash of cinnamon (optional)

Blend all ingredients but chia seeds in blender - saving them for the very end and set aside if smoothie is going to sit for a length of time.

Dr. Heidi say: Chia seeds will “set” the smoothie like pudding! I often do this, minus the spinach, adding 1-2 tbsp of raw cocoa powder—it makes a great sweet treat!

Alexis says: I think this Green-Goo is even tastier if you add a handful of blueberries, mango, or peach slices (frozen work fine too)—anything tangy gives it a nice zip. Don’t add too much though, or it’ll ruin the gruesome green hue!

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EcoParent is a national magazine for families that want to make healthier, greener lifestyle choices. Fun and inspirational in tone - and never judgmental - it is Canada's premiere publication for the conscientious parent. Food, fashion, books, travel, and so much more!

Dr. Heidi Lescanec, ND, is a naturopathic doctor and passionate whole-foods chef who brings her diverse culinary experience and knowledge of food as medicine to the kitchen with zest. In her practice at the Sage Clinic in Yaletown, Vancouver, BC, Dr. Heidi utilizes the traditional naturopathic modalities: clinical nutrition, diet and lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine, homeopathy as well as acupuncture and prescription drugs like bioidentical hormones. Alongside her private clinical practice she writes, lectures, and teaches the practical art of healthy living through experiential workshops and culinary nutrition classes.