I had a sad, brown-speckled banana sitting on my countertop like a frown.
I had a moody threenager in need of a snack.
Green smoothies, besides being delicious and nutritious, can give new life to produce you might otherwise throw in the trash. Like that has-a-day-to-live avocado and the bag of expensive organic oranges you (meaning me) were certain would be gone by now.
Throwing food in the trash is a problem that costs the average American family $1,500 per year, according to the USDA and as pointed out by a lady writer pal of mine.
Eli’s hanger is a prob for us. He feels hunger deeply because of nutrition absorption issues. His hollarin’ breaks sound barriers. But he’s a threenager. Would he accept my dual-purpose smoothie bait, targeting produce waste and his appetite?
Would my sad banana turn its frown upside down? Would Eli?
This quandry inspired The Lunch Box Green Smoothie.
I tossed two cups of spinach and two cups of water into my standard Oster blender and hit puree. Next, I threw in my sad banana, an orange, a half avocado on the brink of death and one-and-a-half cups of frozen strawberries, blending one ad-in at a time into my green base. Mixed berries would also work well with this recipe.
If you like, you can also blend in yogurt. I added Stonyfield whole milk vanilla yogurt, my buddy’s favorite.
This recipe makes two big smoothies or three smaller smoothies.
In no-small-miracle news, Eli and Laila each drank a whole smoothie after lunch. Eli even requested seconds. I had one as a mid-afternoon snack. I blended a second batch and took one of these puppies to work for breakfast. It’s great as a nutritious calorie boost for the likes of a little kid or grown up who needs Kcals, for medical reasons or otherwise, or for a a grown human looking for a snack or a meal.
Here is my son pushing a snow mower, for no reason:
Per the National Institutes of Health, dietary fiber, vitamins K, and E, potassium, and magnesium are shortfall nutrients in American diets, which is why rotating an avocado into this smoothie is a win. Had I made the smoothie for Eli and Laila alone, I would have included more of this fruit.
I made a mess. 😉 Other than that, none to speak of!
Here’s the recipe!