Spinach-Banana-Date Smoothie


My sweet son William is terrified of any green foods. If I sit next to him with a salad, he literally runs away. Won’t touch a vegetable. Not frustrating at all for a mommy that loves to cook.

Then one day post swim lessons I struck. There was a smoothie/juice place right down the street, so I went and got green smoothies for them since I knew they would be starving. Emilie and Matty tried them first and it took at least 15 minutes of hassling and arguing to get Will to try and then he did. And he LOVED it. Asked me to make it the morning. And the next. Now, this is is only source of vegetables at the moment. I’ll take it – at least it is something!

On St. Patty’s Day, I went in the twins classroom and made it for all the kids. They had to guess what made it green – I suggested perhaps I put a leprechaun in there. Got some strange looks – perhaps that was a little too gory. Oops. The class seemed to really like it also. William announced to them that it tasted like banana and they would like it. Then he insisted on handing them all out, asking kids to raise their hands if they didn’t receive one yet and admonishing them to have patience if they started getting rowdy. All this was especially awesome for me to watch since he has apraxia, a severe speech disorder. Both myself and the kids could understand everything he said. It was so wonderful.



Banana-Spinach-Date Smoothie

1 serving


  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup (packed) spinach (organic baby is what I usually use)
  • 1 date, pit removed
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (little less if you want it thick)
  • 1 spoonful almond butter


  1. Combine in blender.

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