Shrek Smoothies

If you are looking for ways to get your kids to eat a healthy dose of vegetables, and get a great balanced meal, this is your answer.  Don't let the greenish gray color fool you, these taste really good! I crave them for breakfast now.

 You can use any combination of fruit, but if you are going for low-sugar, use low glycemic fruits like berries.   I buy fruit in bulk at Costco and freeze portions described below in zip lock bags so that we always have it on hand.  Then I just throw one frozen bag of fruit in the blender with a handful of spinach and the liquid.  Super easy.

2 large handfuls of baby spinach
1 banana
1 cup frozen berries (I use blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries).
2 slices mango
1/2 cup pineapple chopped
1 cups white grape juice or orange juice  (use 100% fruit juice, not fruit drink)
1 cup ice
1/2 scoop  protein powder (optional)
1 tablepoon wheat germ (optional)

Layer the ingredients in the blender the way they are described above so that it will process easier.  Add water if it's too thick.

Give it a taste.  If you don't think it's sweet enough to your liking, add 1 or 2 packets of Truvia sugar substitute and blend again.

Serves 4 adults.

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