Updated: Apr 21
I have to confess right away that I’m not much of a smoothie drinker, though every once in a while I do like to have a smoothie bowl. My children, on the other hand, hardly ever go one day without a smoothie unless we’re traveling. They love any kind of smoothie you give them. I’m always changing the flavors so they won’t be too attached to only one kind. Besides, every fruit and vegetable is unique, so why not rotate them in your diet? Life is too short to eat the same thing over and over.
Sometimes I like to add odd ingredients to my smoothie like fresh turmeric, ginger, nuts,
seeds, a whole lemon (if I’m lucky enough to find a Mayer lemon), spirulina, bee pollen, avocado, any greens I can find in my refrigerator, etc. As far as protein goes, I mostly add homemade kefir or yogurt.
It’s always fun to ask my kids, “What color should be your smoothie today?” My favorite is when my Tommy says “le-lew” (yellow). It’s so cute! I love those moments, and I try to write down when things like that happen so I never forget them.
While asking what color smoothie they want is great, it’s even more fun to make smoothies with the kids when they help pick out the ingredients at the store. One time Thomas even chose his own artichoke (I didn’t end up using it in a smoothie)! It’s a fun way to have your children experience different foods. I never tell Thomas, “No, you don’t like that,” even if he’s spit it out many times. I still let him try again because our tastes change over time, especially as we grow up.
We get to spend about 3-4 hours outside almost every day, so we get to explore a lot. Living in the South, we’ve found lots of places where we can pick our own berries. I love all the local fruits here, and they’re exotic to me since I grew up on the other side of the globe.
The other day we went for a walk with some other kids, and let me tell you how excited they were to see a tree full of delicious berries. It was a mulberry tree. They grow like weeds here, and they’re absolutely everywhere!
These colorful berries will turn your hands colors, but it’s well worth it. They are not only delicious, but they’re also a good source of iron and vitamin C. I strongly believe in eating fresh, local foods. God gave us what we need to eat in any particular area.
The kids ate so many berries, but I think little Johnny was the fastest eater. He’s very good at picking things off trees and bushes. Once we got home, the kids made a smoothie together for an afternoon snack. I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe as much as we did!
Note on Frozen Ginger Puree
To make smoothies faster and easier, I always like to have some ingredients prepped ahead of time, like the frozen ginger puree I added to today’s smoothie. Here’s how I make that:
1. I buy at least 1 pound of fresh ginger root (preferably organic).
2. Scrape the skin off and blend with 2 tablespoons raw honey (local, of course!).
3. Scoop the puree into small freezer-safe containers and freeze until you’re ready to use.
I find that 1 pound usually lasts my family for the month. I add it to other dishes, too, like stir fry.
Marvelous Mulberry Smoothie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 min
Author: Inna of innichkachef.com
2 cups mulberries
3 overripe bananas
2 limes (juice only)
1 tablespoon ginger puree (see note above)
2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
1 cup kefir (plain)
Add all ingredients to your blender and go for it!!
This smoothie is good to drink or eat with the spoon (the way I like). If you like a thinner, more drinkable smoothie with a milkshake consistency, add some ice and more liquid like milk, juice etc.