I was lucky enough to start my Green Power workshops at The Hayes Primary School. Introducing little ones to new tastes & ways of eating food is such fun, & the children loved taste testing our creations. We made raw fruit ice cream & Green Smoothies!
I thought as the children got older throughout the school they may prove a little harder to woo with my fruity smoothies & green wonders. But no. Actually it seemed that each class I worked with (going up the school in chronological order) was more intrigued & willing to try new things.
The infants all loved to eat the goji berries, "they taste like toffee," "they're like raisens," "they are yummy".
That special little girl drank it all & came back for seconds!
Other children said they didn't like certain fruits that we used - but when they tasted it - they were amazed at how yummy it was.
Lesson learned: Flavours change when they are mixed with other flavours.
I asked a class of 8 years olds how they found the green smoothie when they had all had a taste,
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|The power of green juice is in its ability to cleanse the digestive system & make you feel more aware of what you are then putting into your body. Green juice makes you feel alive as soon as you drink it. Why? Because it contains rich natural sources of vitamins & minerals that are able to enter your system & start rejuvenating & detoxifying your body as soon as it hits your stomach!
Green smoothies provide the goodness of green juice, but with all the essential fiber that juicing leaves behind - great for filling up, good digestion & removing toxins from the body.
Great Greens to Use in Smoothies
Where possible, always use organic leaves. It may seem more expensive - but leaves are like sponges, designed to absorb any moisture that comes into contact with it. Therefore pesticdes & chemicals used by farmers are soaked right into the leaves & are locked inside the plant.
Chemicals & pesticides taste bad & don't do our insides any good either.
Great to use as it is really high in nutrients like protein, calcium, iron, vitamin K, A, B2, B6, E, potassium, folate - & doesn't have a strong taste eaten raw. Basic green smoothie
Kale - 'The king of the greens'
Super rich in vitamin K, A & C, manganese - & a great source of copper, tryptophan, calcium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), potassium, iron, magnesium, vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), protein, vitamin B1 (thiamin), folate, phosphorus, vitamin B3 (niacin)
This lettuce is great to use as it is so nutrient rich - you have to play around with flavours & see what you like best. I found this to have a stronger taste than spinach - so add stronger tasting fruits if I want it to taste sweet.
Romaine is rich in many minerals such as vitamin K, A, C, folate, manganese, chromium, potassium, molybdenum, B1, iron, B2, phosphorus, calcium, omega 3 fatty acids, tryptophan, B3, B6
This peppery little leaf is really lovely in salads & can also be great in smoothies. Be aware of its peppery nature & add other ingredients to create something you love.
There are many uses for this kitsch herb! Great vitamin C source, removes garlic breath, but in smoothies is also tastes great.
Excellent source of vitamin A, C, folate, B1, B2 & potassium, miolybdenum, iron & phosphorus.
For a nutritional breakdown on greens & more information on them >> Greens
How to Make a Green Smoothie
Serve with a straw & you'll be surprised that kids want to taste yours & then