We get our veggies fresh from the farm each week and have lots of healthy greens. At first, I was motivated to try lots of new recipes with the greens, but some weeks I am just too busy and needed to find a way to use them. Jennifer Fischer of The Good Long Road, who recommended the farm fresh produce to me, said she always puts her greens into a smoothie. So, I started to do that and am no longer overwhelmed by the volume. Plus, it is a great way to get our kids to consume lots of fresh greens! This week, the theme for Playful Preschool is ponds. The fresh green smoothies look a lot like pond water so I decided to have our kids help make some Healthy Green ‘Pond Water’ Smoothies.
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You will need:
- 3 cups of lightly packed torn leaves from healthy greens (Kids love to tear up greens and it is great for fine motor)! We used rainbow spinach, chard and lettuce.
- 1 cup of chopped watermelon (Have kids cut up the watermelon with a butter knife)
- 1 banana
- 3 Tablespoons of Vanilla Protein Powder (Optional, but it is great for added protein. I linked to the one we use).
- 2 cups of unfiltered apple juice, sometimes called cider (with no added spices)
- 1 cup of orange juice
- Ice (between 3-5 cups depending on preference)
- Clear cups to serve it in
- Stickers of fish and plants-Turtles and frogs would also be great sticker additions.
- Cutting board and butter knife
- Measuring cups
Have your preschoolers tear up the healthy greens and measure them. They can chop the watermelon with a butter knife. Have one of your preschoolers peel the banana and cut it into pieces. Help them pour and measure the juices. Add everything to the blender except for the ice and blend until very smooth. Add the ice one cup at a time until it reaches the desired consistency. Have your preschoolers create a pond scene on their clear cups with stickers. Pour the ‘pond water’ smoothies into their cups. Our kids loved their smoothies and the stickers and asked if they could make them again another day. I don’t see why not!