Never Too Young

20120220-091358.jpg In our family, we like to think we're healthy, but honestly, we dont always stick to our health initiatives. Some weeks our diets consist of more Starbucks and Trader Joes frozen pizza than I care to admit. But what's a girl to do? Life is hectic. I dont always have the time or mental energy to think about making 3 full healthy meals a day, 7 days a week. Yet, I don't want my family's health to suffer just because I can't muster the energy to steam some broccoli.

This is why I love smoothies and juices. If I feel like we haven't had enough fruits or veggies in our diet, a quick smoothie or juice can easily make up for it. Veggie drinks are especially great for toddlers, who can sometimes be picky eaters. Even if Miles doesn't want to eat a plate of vegetables, he'll always drink a juice.

There is a great little healthy foods Cafe in Seattle called Healeo. They specialize in organic food, juices, smoothies, coffee, and tea. Our favorite drink there is the Green Drink which contains kale, spinach, celery, parsley, and apple. Miles loves this juice, which of course makes his mommy happy :).

However, going to a juice bar can sometimes get a bit spendy, especially for a family. Luckily it's just as easy to make these drinks on your own.

Here's my current favorite to make at home:

2 cups of kale 2 carrots 1/2 cup parsley 2 sticks of celery 1 apple 1 scoop of antioxidant protein powder 2 cups of hemp milk 2 cups of ice

I don't have a juicer, but I just blend these up in my blender, and Miles and I drink it through out the day.