Easy, Edible Green Smoothies: Kid Friendly, Vegan Friendly, Lactose Free, & Yummy!

Being stuck at home after a concussion is no fun, but to make things even worse (in my opinion), my doctor said I really have to up my vegetable intake.  I’m no kale-hugging-paleo-chick, but I’ve always made an effort to eat some dark green things every day.  Faced with the reality of doubling what I’m eating to help my brain heal meant I was going to have to get creative, and maybe even a little sneaky.

I started experimenting with green smoothies, but a lot of the ingredients are things I just don’t normally keep in my kitchen.  Like Aloe Vera juice.  Really?  If you’re the kind of person who keeps that as a staple, this blog probably isn’t for you – unless you’re looking desperately for kid friendly green smoothie recipes that are lactose free and maybe even vegan.  With that, I can help.

As I’ve been experimenting my way through blenders of green, questionably edible things with fancy ingredients, I started making simpler versions – green smoothies I would actually eat (I’m a very picky eater with a lot of strange food allergens).

Here is a list of what I consider to be a “staple” for my smoothies:

  • Fresh baby spinach
  • Fresh bananas
  • Frozen Strawberries
  • Ice Cubes
  • Unfilterd Apple Juice
  • Fresh Orange Juice (get it from the refrigerated section at the grocery store – the others tend to be fake orange juice)
  • Single Serving Cups of Mandarin Oranges
  • Canned Pineapple in 100% Juice

Beyond those basics, here is what I like to have on hand to “mix it up” once in a while:

  • Frozen Mango (or the tropical frozen mix from CostCo)
  • Frozen Raspberries (or the triple berry frozen mix from CostCo)
  • Ocean Spray Blackberry, Cranberry, Blueberry Juice
  • Canned Apricots

After that, I have a few additives I like to use as green smoothie boosters, but these are completely optional:

Here are my first two easy, edible green smoothies that are kid friendly, vegan friendly (just take out the bee pollen) and lactose free.  And did I also mention they taste good?!?

 

A kid friendly green smoothie recipe using 'just the basics' like baby spinach and frozen strawberries.  Lactose free and vegan friendly green smoothie.

Berry Green Smoothie Recipe

A kid friendly green smoothie recipe using 'just the basics' like baby spinach and frozen strawberries.  Lactose free and vegan friendly green smoothie.

Basic Green Smoothie Recipe

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