Just the other day when I realized ---Alleluia, I didn't have to fix lunches anymore-- but I was still partially responsible for feeding my girls over the summer. The partial thing implies that my husband will be playing Daddy Daycare this summer while I hide out in my office slaving away at work and he gets to tote the girls around to camps and other outings. Oh- and he has the responsibility for preparing lunches too. Don't worry though, I have a very health conscience husband that will put a lots of thinking into the lunches instead of just pulling up to the nearest drive-thru.
Anyway, I was thinking about how it might be helpful to get the girls started off with a nutritious power punch in the morning! Can't you tell just by the lovely green color how powerful this smoothie really is- (laughingly). No really, it is! And trust me on this one, the taste is nothing like it's appearance. It's got this smooth texture with a tart punch at the end with the creamy mango finish. No comparison to the dry flavor of the plain spinach leaf. Yes, dry. Haven't you ever noticed how spinach by it's self leaves your tongue rough and dry? Please tell me I'm not crazy. If you just absolutely hate spinach or don't have any on hand- you can use other greens instead. Baby beet greens are a great alternative.
2 cups spinach leaves, stems removed
1 frozen banana, broken in half
1 cup mango, fresh or frozen
1 cup plain low fat yogurt
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
Scoop in yogurt, then spinach, banana and mango. Pulse. Next, add juice and flax seeds and blend until smooth!
Fast and healthy!