As has often been the case with kiddos who come into our home from foster care, their palette is shaped by sugar & processed foods & their bellies & minds suffer all the more as a result. It's hard for them to focus, blood sugar & mood are all over the place, and the power struggle is real.
No judgement here.
When Sweet moved in, he was a tiger of a 2 year old. He had a lot of health stuff going on that impacted his skin, hair, tummy & his overall development. We worked diligently to untangle the whole of it. Records were spotty & info shared with us was pretty sparse. He was also in a daycare from very early in the morning to early evening, so his diet & his people were all over the place. We didn't want to blast his gut but we did want to reset it & shape his pallet for life in a healthier direction. Enter: The kale smoothie.
We experimented with a few iterations on this & in our house, this is one of the few things I "cook." I make a double batch, about 8 cups or 1/2 a gallon so it lasts to days & serves all of us. We top it with omega swirl. I consider it a fierce combo & up the protein for a post-workout recovery meal as well as a daily dish. 2 year old Sweet started drinking it about a week into his life with us & up until this summer, nearly one cup every single day.
This past week we added ice chips & vitamin D drops to the mix (dubbed croup soup) to feed Tiny while he battles a megs sore throat.
Below is is the recipe I use to make 8 cups. Add or remove water/almond milk for desired thickness. Enjoy!
EDITED 12/16/17 TO ADD:
We now add chia seeds, hemp seeds, K2 powder, turmeric powder and date syrup (because it's easier). We also make a triple batch of this so we're only making it every few days and it is part of breakfast almost every day. We also add organic coconut milk (the kind with the hard chunks, which are higher in fat) at bedtime on occasion to help sustain blood sugar overnight and prevent kiddo from waking up due to feeling hungry.
Chocolate Kale Smoothie (dairy & gluten free)
Serving size: 8 cups
- 1 avocado (adds thickness)
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 cup water
- 3 medjool dates (to sweeten the deal)
- 2 bananas
- 2 tbsp local bee pollen
- 1-2 scoops chocolate protein powder
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 3 stalks of crisp kale (leaves only)
- Blend liquids & kale until puréed. Kids (and me!) hate the chunks, otherwise.
- Add remaining ingredients; powder stuff first, then the thicker stuff. Blend until smooth & to desired thickness.
- Serve with fancy omega swirl designs on top (the man with the yellow hat for the overzealous, simple stars for the rest of us).