Firstly, are the infamous green smoothies healthy for kids?

Did you know that smoothies made with just a few quality ingredients are healthier for you and your children than smoothies packed with an array of different foods? Putting an array of “healthy foods” together can spoil the process for your children’s bodies, and they might miss out on the full nutritional benefits that you lovingly provided. If you make your smoothies purely for taste, then mix them up however you desire. But if you’d like your smoothies to offer optimum health, then choose your ingredients wisely. We don’t want our beautiful bodies doing unnecessary work. Green smoothies are healthy for kids as long as you follow the same principle of food combining: K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Sexy).

Here’s an example of a healthy smoothie:

 

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 fresh mango
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • spring (or filtered) water for desired consistency

 

This smoothie is loaded with fibre, vitamins C and B, and magnesium.

Now here’s an example of a not-so-healthy smoothie:

 

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup mulberries
  • 1/2 apple
  • 1 leaf kale
  • 1 teaspoon spirulina
  • 1 spoonful coconut oil
  • 3 soaked almonds
  • 4 cashews
  • 1 teaspoon cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder
  • dairy yoghurt

 

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. How can this be? Aren’t these foods wholesome and nourishing? The answer is mostly, in differing degrees (minus the dairy yoghurt which is havoc on any human body, also the cacao and maca powders need further discussion) individually they mostly are, but this combination of different water content foods can cause unwanted fermentation in the stomach, leading to gas, bloating, weight retention, and less optimum processing of nutrients. Every food has a unique water content, and if you eat foods with varied water contents at the same time, then you and your children’s beautiful bodies can’t effectively digest them. If you ever get belly pain after a smoothie, this could be the reason. High water content foods like watermelon digest faster, while low water content foods like nuts digest slower. This loaded smoothie example does contain fibre, vitamins C and B, and magnesium, plus calcium and iron, but our bodies can’t absorb them all effectively–so who cares what it has?

This excerpt is adapted from my soon to be published book HEALTHY, SEXY, VEGAN MUMMA. Your plant-based family guide. If you’re even a little bit intrigued to learn more then be sure to subscribe at www.donnawild.com and if you are a Mum or Mum to be join us in our private online group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1050011558373753/?ref=bookmarks Let’s get you Nourished!

Xx,

Donna