Okay, here is a secret weapon to getting raw greens in your children. Even my five year old grandson approved. It’s my Kale and Green Grape Slushie. But if I were you, I would call it a “Lucky Leprechaun Slushie” or something like that. There’s no need to mention kale to your children if you think that will turn them off. What you do is make this and serve it and they will love it. Then you keep serving it because they keep asking for it. Then one day you allow them to come in the kitchen when you’re making it and they are going to say “WHAT ARE THOSE LEAVES YOU ARE PUTTING IN OUR LUCKY LEPRECHAUN SLUSHIE, MOM?!” Then you get to tip your head back and laugh out loud and tell them they have been drinking kale for, like, weeks.
Doesn’t that sound like fun?! Sure, they may have trust issues after that, but they will be well nourished, and isn’t that the important thing?
I make this for my husband and myself often. I get tired of salads and chomping on raw greens. I am not saying you shouldn’t chew your greens–you should because there are health benefits in that–but sometimes I want it to all to go down a little bit easier and faster. Plus, many kids are not into chewing leaves as much as slurping.
The calorie count is loooooow too. I never count calories but I did for you guys. 🙂 The perfect afternoon pick me up.
–Frozen grapes are my new favorite smoothie/slushie ingredient. I bring them home from the store pull them off the stems and wash them. I dry them off with a paper towel and then I freeze them on a baking tray that has been lightly sprayed with a nonstick coconut oil spray. When they are frozen I transfer them to a freezer bag.
–All measurements can be changed. We’re not baking here, we’re making a slushie. I measured my ingredients to give you a ballpark, but you can increase or decrease according to your liking.
–Kale can be strong, and I experimented with adding as much as a cup and a half, but at that point it tasted just a little too kale-y for my grandson to not be turned off by the taste. I was more than okay with the flavor but I was trying to keep it kid-friendly. You could also substitute spinach, which is much more mild and smoothie-friendly in taste. I feel like I over do spinach, though, so I am trying to branch out to other leafy greens.
–Also you could decrease it to as much as 1/2 cup of kale if you think your kids will freak out. Start slow, then build up.
–I used two drops of lemon essential oil and I got a refreshing citrus flavor. This is optional and ONLY if you are making for an adult. After research, I found that children should not ingest essential oils.
–I used a heaping teaspoon of honey since I use the solid, raw kind.
–I do not have a powerful blender. If you are using a Blentec or Vitamix, you might be able to put all of the ingredients in at one time and just blend. I have to blend, add some solids, blend, shake the blender violently back and forth, then repeat several times. One day I will have a monster of a blender. Until then, my blender and I will fight everyday.
- 1 cup crushed ice
- ½-1 cup water
- 1 cup organic kale (or spinach)
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil ONLY if making for an adult, leave out for children
- 1 cup frozen green grapes (organic if possible)
- Place ice, ½ cup water, kale, honey, and lemon oil, if using, in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add grapes one by one and more water as necessary to thin it out and keep it moving. You will want it to be thick and icy, but add more water if it stops moving. Drink immediately.