I hope you had a good spring break! We started the week with some shifting gears from working full days to spending time with kids and working while my little one naps. My 4-year old LOVES to hang out at mom’s office during those naps. Coloring and drawing is just more special in there! The second part of the week involved a road trip to Boston, hanging out with family and cousins, a water park trip, Children’s museum trip, and lots of good food!
We can’t help but experiment with recipes that I find or just completely make up. I tried to make a gluten-free Arabic cheese pastry from rice flour and almond meal that didn’t seem to work as intended. Will be trying it again. Another experiment was this Kiwi kale parsley smoothie.
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The kids helped with washing and dropping the ingredients in the blender. They enjoyed taking pictures with the food (I wonder if they will be mad at me one day!). They take turns turning the blender on (adult supervision necessary). It was fun!
The big question is, did they drink the juice? This juice combination wasn’t a winner for them. It was great for me. It was sweet enough, but I think the texture of parsley and kale were a little too fibrous. I don’t have a juicer, what I might do next time is strain some of the pulp out. I’m not discouraged–and if you’re parent of kids who are always or sometimes picky, don’t be discouraged if they don’t eat or drink what you make. Exposing your kids to the sight and texture of the food, even when it doesn’t go down their bodies, helps them become familiar with it, and one day–have faith–they will like it. Seeing the food often is important and makes a difference, so give yourself a pat on the back for giving them an opportunity to learn.
I loved the juice. I even packed what was left over in a Mason jar (they are AMAZING, by the way), and had it after my workout the next day. Fresh, hydrating, and light.
This juice doesn’t have protein so if you want a high-protein recovery sports drink, add crushed nuts, nut butter, hemp seeds, Greek yogurt, or a scoop of your favorite protein powder.
|Green Zest Juice|
- 1 cup parsley, washed and as many of the stems removed as possible
- 2 cups kale, washed
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 cup water
- 2 kiwifruits, peeled
- 1 apple, cored (no need to peel)
- Add parsley, kale, orange juice, and water to a blender. Blend until smooth, for about 2 minutes.
- Add the kiwifruit and apple. Blend for another 2 minutes.
- If you have extra, store in a tightly sealed Mason jar without too much air space in the fridge and drink it the next day.
Have you ever tried parsley in a juice?