Monday, October 27, 2014

Paleo "Elvis" Green Smoothie

I created this recipe as an experiment of sorts. My son's favorite smoothie is what we've dubbed "The Elvis" due to its combination of banana, honey and nut butter. I made him the exact same concoction with spinach and avocado thrown into the mix, and in a blind taste test he couldn't tell the difference.

Yes, we conducted a blind taste test. That's how my kids and I roll, especially since we started watching Hungry Games together on Food Network (the show is all about the science behind eating and food, and features its own experiments and trivia).

Anyway, my point is that while some paleo purists aren't fans of smoothies, I personally love them. I also think they can be a great snack for kids, particularly when you sneak some good green stuff into the equation.

So with that said, here's my son's favorite smoothie gone green.

Paleo "Elvis" Green Smoothie 

1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
2 tbs. raw nut butter (or sunflower seed butter for nut-free)
1/2 ripe avocado
handful of baby spinach
2/3 cup coconut or unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tsp. raw honey
few drops of vanilla or almond extract (optional)
1 tbs. ground flax

Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

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