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i know many of you have requested josh’s green smoothie recipes over the last few months that he makes for the littles. and finally, i have my act together enough that i got one up on the blog for you!

i snapped a few pictures of the kiddos making one with him last week.  they make a green smoothie together almost every day and my kids always devour it.  i asked josh to share the recipe in his own words, so here it is!

josh says:

“I had never thought so much about food and nutrition before having kids. Seeing them eat what I eat has prompted me to think more about what goes into our bodies, since I want the absolute best for them and their little growing bodies and developing brains! And since I want to be in great shape as the years go on so I can take them out to do and share all the things I loved while growing up. Like skiing, rowing, tennis, and just playing!
So nowadays, I’m really trying to make sure I get lots of fruits and vegetables in every day, and the same goes for the kids. Keeping this goal in mind, our family has started a morning ritual to make a green smoothie together.

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Eleanor and Samson absolutely LOVE helping with each and every step. I’ll play “Simon Says” with them to help them stay on task (and not get too carried away pushing all the buttons on the blender).
They truly love their green smoothies! Putting my kids on the counter, having them put all the ingredients in, and talking to them about food has been an important part of getting them excited about it.
Here is the recipe for the green smoothie we made in these photos:
Kale Smoothie
1 banana
2-4 large kale leaves (depending on the size)
1 cup of pineapple (or about 1/5th of an entire pineapple after you remove the skin and core)
1 green apple
6 ice cubes
1 cup of vanilla unsweetened almond milk
Vitamin powder (Optional)
Protein powder (Optional)
A few notes on the ingredients:
-The riper the fruit (like the banana) the better since it makes the smoothie taste sweeter.
-Don’t forget to wash the fruit and kale leaves! I also cut out the kale stems and just use the leaves.
-A key ingredient is the unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It really helps make the smoothie the right consistency. Try adding more or less to make it thinner or thicker.
-It’s not necessary, but I like to add vitamin powder and protein powder to the smoothie just to make sure that they’re getting as much out of it as possible! Besides, getting to add the powders at the end is the kids’ favorite part….except for turning the blender on and off!”
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  1. Laura L.

    Amazing!! All kids should have green smoothies…such a great habit to get them into for life. And the fact that they love it despite the colour…even more amazing. You guys rock!

  2. philippa fergusson

    Perfect timing with this post…trying to figure out how to gwt more vegies in my toddlers diet :) thank you! Also…I loved your lipstick post… any tipson which lip liner to wear with fuschia flash? Thanks so much x philippa, new zealand

  3. Vanessa

    fantastic photos! We just bought ourselves a vitamix blender and have been making green smoothies every day this week. My two year old loves them too!
    Can’t wait to try your recipe out :)

  4. Clemency

    Eleanor looks super grown up here! WHERE DID THAT TIME GOOO???

  5. I love green smoothies! Can’t wait to make them with my own little ones one day! :)

  6. txell

    I love Eleanore’s T-shirt! Where it comes from? Thanks! xx

  7. I know this is for kids, but considering they actually like it… I might have to try it myself :) x

  8. CARMELA

    Delicious! I love almond milk since I cannot have dairies, it is my favourite veggie milk, I’ll have to try this smoothie. xo

  9. Lauren

    This sounds great! When I make smoothies, I can never really get past making a banana/strawberry/peanut butter one. (So adventurous, i know..) But this will totally get me out of my smoothie making rut!

    http://helloitscherry.blogspot.co.uk/

  10. Chelsea

    yum! It looks so good! I almost hate to admit this but I’ve never made a smoothie, I don’t even have a blender. I really need and want to start, I know my kiddos would just love them and it seems like a great way to pack in some extra veggies. Thanks for the inspiration, this may just be the push I was needing!

    http://www.hollandsreverie.blogspot.com

  11. Trish

    Question? Have you tried it with milk. My 10 year old is allergic to tree nuts. I think I will give it a try. I would like to break away from our berry smoothy we eat most days.

  12. Natalie

    I love Sampson’s little T-Shirt. Would you mind sharing the brand.

    Thanks!

  13. Thanks for sharing! What brand of vitmain powder and protein powder do you guys use?

  14. vicky

    looks great!

  15. Oh my goodness. These photos are so so sweet – especially the last one of E! This is such an important topic for kids and it will provide them with so many fun and yummy memories – beautiful!

    Warm Regards,
    Alexandra
    http://www.littlewildheart.com

  16. Zanna

    This sounds delicious! The look of gleeful anticipation on Eleanor’s face says it all. I love your effort to stay healthy as a family—as a medical student I see way too many kids paying the price for their parent’s poor choices. Josh is so right: their minds and bodies are particularly in need of protein and essential nurtients….they’re developing a mile a minute!

    I was wondering what protein powder you use? Is it a whey, casein, soy? I’ve been meaning to start using one but just don’t know where to start. There are so many on the market!

    -Zanna
    http://zannassky.blogspot.de/

  17. Trisha F

    The apples- how do you do an apple in a smoothie- doesn’t it still end up chunky? I’ve always wondered. I need to do more smoothies for my son who doesn’t like food (not picky, just doesn’t get excited about ANYTHING except drinks).

  18. Shira

    I’ve been meaning to get into smoothie making along with my ice cream making. It can be so hard to get in all the necessary fruits and veggies each day and this seems like such a great way! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Lisa

    Please share what brand vitamin and protein powder. Also, Eleanor’s ring!! #ctr

  20. Hey Rita

    I absolutely love green smoothies, not really sure what happened this winter but I haven’t done juice or smoothies in ages! I must get my smoothie groove back on, now that Spring is almost round the corner,

    Eleanor is a total doll in these photos! Such a huge grin on her face! x

    Rita
    http://heyrita.co.uk

  21. emily

    lol! does he put the whole apple in, including the stem and seeds? i remember you saying he did something like that with strawberries haha!
    xoxo
    e
    emmyjake

  22. Cegs

    Looks delicious! And as usual I die over those adorable kiddos. Protip from someone who grew up working in a smoothie shop: ice has no place in a smoothie. It dilutes the fruit flavor as it melts! A watery smoothie is a sad smoothie. Instead, freeze the fruit! (especially the banana!) Same awesome texture, more awesome flavor!

  23. Allison

    Looking for supplement suggestions for my kids… Do you mind sharing what brand of vitamin and protein powders you use?

  24. Thanks for this awesome recipe! Happy Tuesday :)

  25. Kelsey

    It looks like Eleanor is LOVING the smoothie :) Definitely going to try this for something different for my breakfast smoothie!

    http://www.kelseyjbarnes.com

  26. Vanessa

    Yum! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Katy

    Have you ever tried banana “ice cream”? It’s essentially frozen bananas, peanut butter, and honey (or agave if you prefer). You can also add coconut oil (it solidifies and makes these amazing coconut oil chips) or anything else you think might work. And you don’t even need the peanut butter, Just some bananas thrown into a food processor and it turns into amazingness.

  28. Ruthie

    I think it’s so great to teach littles about fruits and vegetables and include them in the cooking process. For little bodies, they’re getting all the vitamins and minerals they need through whole foods. I know there’s a lot of literature on this topic so I’m sure you already know, but adding vitamin supplements is actually not recommended for people who don’t have nutritional deficiencies or are pregnant or nursing because it’s easy to ingest too much through supplementation and damage your liver.

    If you want to read more, this article contains links to some of the literature supporting caution in vitamin supplementation.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/are-vitamin-drinks-putting-our-health-at-risk/?_r=0

    I know you are making the best choices for you and your adorable family but I wanted to make sure you were aware of this information in case it is at all helpful.

  29. Marie

    While it’s great you are encouraging fruits and veggies for your children, just as an FYI, unless specifically recommended by your pediatrician and/or that smoothie is your kids’ only source of protein for the day, adding protein powder to the smoothie can be dangerous to their health as too much protein can prevent calcium absorption or dehydration. Vitamin supplements probably aren’t necessary either, as the ingredients in the smoothie alone provide adequate vitamin intake. Hope this helps!

  30. Marie

    Also, not related, but why does Josh’s portion of this post feature proper capitalization, whereas yours does not? Just curious!

    • TAZA

      probably because josh uses proper capitalization and i don’t!

  31. Heidi

    Hey Taza, I’ve totally loved following you these last several years and have never had any concerns about your ads so what is up with your new Equinox ad?? I’m disappointed you would allow edgy advertising like this on your blog (which is usually uplifting and family-oriented). Please consider removing it!

    • TAZA

      that equinox ad must have slipped in via google ads! we have filters on our blog for our ads and are double checking them now. thanks!

  32. Piper

    Yummy!!! Is there a vitamin powder for kids that you recommend? I saw the honest company has something like that but that’s the only option i know of. we have children’s vitamins at home but powder in smoothie sounds like a great idea!

  33. Salima

    My 4 year old son loves smoothies especially green smoothies. It must be the vibrant color. Great way to sneak in veggies!

    http://www.diversastyle.com

  34. Cute! Thanks for the recipe. I agree with your hubby 100%.

    And love that tiny CTR ring :)

    partiesbytiersha.blogspot.com

  35. Dana

    YUMMUY, LOOKS GREAT!! Juicing is soo important and part of our morning ritual as well!! http://www.thelunavine.com

  36. Molly

    Is love to know which vitamins and protein powders too! Thanks!

  37. I love giving my daughter one blended with blueberries :)

  38. Jessie

    Hey Naomi! We love this smoothie. We would love to share this recipe with our community of nearly a million rawkstars or even create another great kid-friendly recipe with you. CHEERS to Health + Happiness!

  39. Ceci

    i would love to know what vitamin powder and protein powder you use! Thanks

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  41. SSas

    Young children have no need for protein powder :) People who want to increase muscle mass obviously do. Otherwise, looks good!

  42. Karolina

    I made this smoothie and it was delicious! I have been looking for an easy smoothie with kale for a while! Thanks for the recipe!

  43. ashley

    yum! just fyi, to make it a little easier, you don’t need to cut the kale off the stem. you can just grab at the bottom and pull it off!!

  44. Andrea

    Just curious what blender you use? We’re in the market for a new one, as our little also loves smoothies, and would love to know which one you use. It must be a good one if you guys use it daily :) thanks so much! You guys are a wonderful family, you hold be super proud!

  45. Kelly

    This sounds amazing, I will have to try this out!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  47. Annette

    We love making smoothies in our house too! We use the juice plus product for our vitamin/protein powder. I love it because the powder itself is packed with so much fruits and veggies. Complete meal replacement for me and the kids think they are drinking a milk shake. I love your adorable family!

  48. Cathy

    I like it! The bonding between the parents and their children! Hope my child will like it if I make her some smoothies!

  49. Katelyn Humphrey

    I would Love to know some good protein powders that you use!

  50. Ellen

    Made this two days in a row now…delicious! My toddler AND my husband both love it. Thank you so much!

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