Green Machine

A guest post by Juliette Britton
One of my new year’s resolutions is to eat more raw vegetables.  I find one of the easiest ways to up my veggie count is to start off the day with one full cup of spinach (heart health food number 8)!

How do I do this?  I make one mean green machine!   A green machine is a fruit and veggie smoothie.  Selling this idea to your kids may be a bit of challenge, so here are a few kid-friendly names: ogre juice, swamp juice, leprechaun lemonade, or Shrek shake.

This smoothie is packed with nutrients (potassium, folate, vitamin  A and C).   Pair the green machine with a piece of toast with almond or peanut butter.  This is a very filling breakfast!

This is what you need:

½ Banana

1-2 T. Lemon Juice

1 cup of washed spinach

2 t. honey

3-4 oz of water

Place all the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.   You can add a few ice cubes if you like your green juice extra cold.

Feel free to get creative, you can swap out any fruit such as frozen blueberries,  strawberries or mangos.  Also, if the lemon juice is too tart try a splash of orange or apple juice.

If you’re reading this and thinking, there is no way my kid would ever drink that, take note, my two and half ear old niece loves ‘gween’ juice and asks for it almost every day (she prefers a splash of apple juice rather than lemon juice)!

Cheers to good health!


  1. I started making green smoothies for myself thinking it would be a hard sell for my kids, but as they watched me every morning add banana and honey and even mango sometimes, they didn’t want to be left out. They love their green smoothies and have attested that you can’t taste the spinach, nor the flax that I throw in there. Another fun one they like we call “chunky monkey”–frozen banana, milk/vanilla yogurt, flax, peanut butter and ice cubes. That’s the dessert version, YUM!

  2. Juliette – you’ve done it again! This is out of this world delicious!!!!!

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