Easy, Edible Green Smoothies: Kid Friendly, Vegan Friendly, Lactose Free, & Yummy!

Being stuck at home after a concussion is no fun, but to make things even worse (in my opinion), my doctor said I really have to up my vegetable intake.  I’m no kale-hugging-paleo-chick, but I’ve always made an effort to eat some dark green things every day.  Faced with the reality of doubling what I’m eating to help my brain heal meant I was going to have to get creative, and maybe even a little sneaky.

I started experimenting with green smoothies, but a lot of the ingredients are things I just don’t normally keep in my kitchen.  Like Aloe Vera juice.  Really?  If you’re the kind of person who keeps that as a staple, this blog probably isn’t for you – unless you’re looking desperately for kid friendly green smoothie recipes that are lactose free and maybe even vegan.  With that, I can help.

As I’ve been experimenting my way through blenders of green, questionably edible things with fancy ingredients, I started making simpler versions – green smoothies I would actually eat (I’m a very picky eater with a lot of strange food allergens).

Here is a list of what I consider to be a “staple” for my smoothies:

  • Fresh baby spinach
  • Fresh bananas
  • Frozen Strawberries
  • Ice Cubes
  • Unfilterd Apple Juice
  • Fresh Orange Juice (get it from the refrigerated section at the grocery store – the others tend to be fake orange juice)
  • Single Serving Cups of Mandarin Oranges
  • Canned Pineapple in 100% Juice

Beyond those basics, here is what I like to have on hand to “mix it up” once in a while:

  • Frozen Mango (or the tropical frozen mix from CostCo)
  • Frozen Raspberries (or the triple berry frozen mix from CostCo)
  • Ocean Spray Blackberry, Cranberry, Blueberry Juice
  • Canned Apricots

After that, I have a few additives I like to use as green smoothie boosters, but these are completely optional:

Here are my first two easy, edible green smoothies that are kid friendly, vegan friendly (just take out the bee pollen) and lactose free.  And did I also mention they taste good?!?

 

A kid friendly green smoothie recipe using 'just the basics' like baby spinach and frozen strawberries.  Lactose free and vegan friendly green smoothie.

Berry Green Smoothie Recipe

A kid friendly green smoothie recipe using 'just the basics' like baby spinach and frozen strawberries.  Lactose free and vegan friendly green smoothie.

Basic Green Smoothie Recipe

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About Lacey Clifton

Social Media Marketing Expert, Lacey Clifton, specializes in leveraging dynamic media platforms for organic, customer-centric marketing. She has been working with surgeons and specialty medical practitioners since 2009, providing training, coaching, and full-service marketing for lead generation, but has been marketing through online social media platforms since their first adoption by small businesses. Lacey received her Bachelor’s Degree from Old Dominion University in Virginia, where she graduated with Summa Cum Laude and Phi Kappa Phi Honors. Additionally, she was recognized as the Communications Department Graduate of the Year and received a Faculty Award of Excellence for her performance at the university. She greatly enjoys learning environments, as both a student and a teacher, keeping her ahead of changes in social media platforms and fueling her passion to teach others.

Posted on July 10, 2014, in Health and Wellness and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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