I’ve been obsessed with getting a NutriBullet ($99), after having read countless articles on why it’s so great. This blending/juicing system has an “extractor” blade that quickly breaks down vegetables and fruits (skin, cores, seeds, stems and all) which produces a healthier drink than pressed juices because you get all the nutrients and vitamins from every part of the veggie or fruit, plus all the fiber from the flesh. On top of that, it’s super easy to clean—a quick rinse is all you need—unlike fancier presses that require a lot of elbow grease. So, I shlepped over to Bed, Bath and Beyond and got it!
Noticing that Amelia, a smoothie lover herself, was intrigued with my new machine, I jumped at the chance to make learning about nutrition fun. I asked Meredith Geller, HHC, Holistic Nutrition and Lifestyle Consultant based here in NYC, if she could come over and give us a lesson—from shopping to chopping and blending— on how to make delicious, nutrient and vitamin packed smoothie recipes for kids. Her first recipe, Tropical Citrus Smoothie, not only has fresh fruit, but it sneaks in some vegetables too. Yes, Amelia drank lettuce!
TROPICAL CITRUS SMOOTHIE RECIPE
1 ripe banana
2 tangerines or clementines (peeled, seeds removed)
1 mango (frozen acceptable)
6-8 stalks romaine lettuce
1 cup of water (or coconut water; fresh or Harmless Harvest brand recommended)
Optional additions: 2-3 dates, pitted + soaked for 10 minutes; 1-inch piece of fresh ginger root
Here’s the nutritional benefits of each ingredient:
Banana: high in potassium, a mineral that maintains normal blood pressure and heart function.
Coconut water: hydrating, healing, mineralized…all around a powerful liquid for kids and adults.
Dates are high in fiber and a great natural sweetener.
Romaine contains 17% protein (yes, protein), is mineral-rich (blood and bone building), has Omega-3 fatty acids and more Vitamin C than an orange. Plus, when it’s blended along with oranges, it contains more calcium than a glass of milk! Surprised? Me too! That’s why it’s so great Meredith snuck it in there.
If you keep the smoothie in an air-tight container in the fridge, it’ll stay fresh for up to three days. Now we like to make big batches so the kids can pour themselves a glass with their breakfast or for an after-school snack.
Stay tuned for more smoothie recipes from Meredith Geller, like her Chocolate Candy Cane treat and Luscious Lemon & Lime Green Smoothie. YUM!