Spinach for Desert. Really.

I don’t like to bake in the summer. The fruit is plentiful and it’s way too hot to turn on the oven. So now my kids are hooked on smoothies. Really hooked. Big P will energetically say after lunch, “Mom! I’ve got a great idea! Let’s make a sweet treat smoothie!”

Here is an accidentally great smoothie that I whipped up with some over-soft kiwis. You’ll love it and you’ll love serving spinach for dessert.

Honesty Clause: I believe it’s important to tell kids what they’re eating. There’s no ingredient sneaking in my house. Why? Because I want them to know the names of the foods we use in the house. That way if they like it, they actually know the name! It’s all part of giving them ingredient intelligence. When the kids are around while I’m cooking, slicing, or blending, I just call out the ingredients as I toss them in. Your kids may accept a food more readily if they are involved with the prep. What kid wouldn’t want to watch spinach become pulverized? So cool.

Green Kiwi Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 3 cups

Serving Size: 1/2 cup for toddlers, 1 cup for parents

Green Kiwi Smoothie


  • 1 cup cow or soy milk
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 frozen banana, broken into a few pieces
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and cut into halves
  • ¼ cup wheat germ or ground flax


  • Blend for 1 minute or until smooth. Enjoy with your favorite people.
  • Makes about 3 scrumptious cups or 6 – 1/2 cup servings.


If you have any smoothie left over don’t dump it out. Just pour it into a popsicle mold for later.


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2 Replies to “Spinach for Desert. Really.”

  1. Willa Hansen says:

    You never cease to amaze me!

    1. Let me know if you try the recipe! I know a few grandkids who would love it when they come to visit…

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