Smoothies Help me Sleep at Night

shake in mason jar You’re probably thinking that I have trouble sleeping, and I have found the magic formula to aid in sleep, right?

Well, this is sort of  true.

Here’s the truth: I am a Registered Dietitian with a very, very picky eater living in my house.  He is four years old, and has the determination of a 20 year old!  And when he is determined not to eat something, he won’t.

I have been known to try to trick him into eating something new, but usually it doesn’t work. Can you relate?

As a dietitian, this type of problem can really stress me out.  I, of all people, know the importance of getting a well-balanced, healthy diet.

Imagine my shock when my dad started giving my picky eater “green drinks” (full of fruits and vegetables) and he actually drank it.  And sometimes even asked for more!

little buddy drinking shake I have shown how to make your own peanut butter and make pesto with the Vita-mix, but the shakes we made with the Vita-mix are just as amazing.  My picky eater says “YUCK” about a blueberry but he sure will drink it!

I “hide” all sorts of things in these yummy “milkshakes” (as my picky eater calls them!): flax seeds, Greek yogurt, spinach, carrots, strawberries, blueberries and lots more!

vitamix shake with flaxseeds The smoothies we make are full of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.

vitamix berry shake If I can’t get my little picky eater to eat many fruits and vegetables, at least I can get him to drink them!

It really does help me sleep at night.

{Linking up to Mouth Watering Monday & This Chick Cooks}

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Smoothies Help me Sleep at Night

  1. Jennifer September 30, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    Do you have a certain recipe you use for these? I make a berry smoothie filled with protein and its yummy. I would be curious to know your recipe or what all you have tried in it.

    • Christen September 30, 2011 at 8:46 am #

      It all just depends on what I have on hand, but what usually works best for me and my boys is greek yogurt, frozen strawberries, 1/2 banana, spinach (they can’t taste it!), flax seeds and a little water or milk. We do add protein powder sometimes, and that gives it a little extra sweetness as I’m sure you know! I just love adding spinach because I’m sneaking in such great nutrition!! :) I am planning to show some different “recipes” soon for different smoothies!

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