Fact: Greens, berries and amino acids contain essential nutritive compounds that enable us and our kids to eliminate harmful toxins. Compounds such as I3C, polyphenols, selenium, chlorophyll and amino acids such as cysteine, glycine and glutamine are required in the diet for toxin protection.
Reality: Most of us know vegetables are important but you don’t need to know what all these nutritive compounds do in the body. You just need to feed them to your kids. It can be challenging to get my kids to eat all their vegetables. I rely on our daily smoothie to incorporate some of the greens I may have missed at mealtime (i.e. spinach, kale, swiss chard, bok choy, etc). The trick is to make it taste great and change up the recipe often. This is one of our favorites:
Chocolate Green Smoothie
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 frozen banana
Handful of frozen berries (we usually use strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
1 cup greens (kale, spinach, arugula, swiss chard, or whatever you have in the fridge).
1 scoop almond butter
1 cup water
Mix and enjoy!
- Sometimes I make extra and turn them into popsicles.
- Also, if you have a picky eater, start with spinach, it has the most mild flavor of all the greens and mixes easily.
- An easy way to always have a mix of greens in your fridge is to buy an organic premade salad mix. I usually go for the “Super Greens” at Whole Foods.