16 Jun Where the Heck is the Green Smoothie Recipe on this Website?
I read parenting and health blogs all the time and every one has a green smoothie recipe on it. Every. Single. One.
Except mine, and this is why:
Can there really be any new green smoothie recipes that I could share with you that would rock your world?
No, and it would take me valuable time to find the perfect kale, apple juice and pineapple chunk ratios. This is time that I could be organizing my sock drawer. (I would really rather do that.)
And… other blogs have done it way better than I ever could.
I am inspired, educated, informed and love info on family care and parenting! Bring on the calendula cream recipes, the 5 Tips to Help Kids Sleep Through the Night (have they cracked the code yet?), and reviews on the best pregnancy pillow. I need them and am grateful for them. I just don’t want to write them.
You already know that drinking green things is healthy. Even your kids know that. You are either going for it or not. Your choice.
It just ain’t my zone of genius. My zone of genius is that of the healer, science geek philosopher.
Because it’s obvious to me: first comes the mindset, then the actions.
I want to empower parents to raise a generation of children that are connected to their bodies, able to articulate what they are feeling physically and emotionally and view their bodies as capable and bubbling with natural healing super powers.
So what is my take on green smoothies?
Green smoothies matter a whole lot less to your child’s health than great conversations.
Let’s use conversations about green smoothies to help kids make a deep connection with themselves which will lead to positive health habits they take on as their own.
- Ask questions to assess your child’s constitution and increase their self-awareness.
Simply, some kids’ bodies do well with chilled drinks and some kids’ bodies do better with warm or room temperature beverages. Help them learn with which feels best for them. It’s the beginning of aiding them to develop an attentiveness to how the world affects their body.
Ask questions like:
“How does you body feel after drinking that green monster smoothie?”
“Does your body like the smoothie we just made with crushed ice or do you want it without ice next time?”
I myself prefer just green juice – crushed ice is way too intense for my physiology.
- Create conversations so your kids can develop a vocabulary to ask for what they want.
Notice if they prefer sweet, sour or bitter green smoothies. A family taste test with different smoothies is a fun way to do this – one tart with lots of lemon, one sweet with a high percentage of apple juice and one with lots of kale can be a fun way to identify your child’s natural palate preferences. Teach them the words – tart, sweet, sour, acidic, etc.
Now of course, they may flat out say “I don’t like it and don’t want to drink it.” This is our place to step back and relax.
Then the question becomes, “When is it a good idea to eat some foods that are good for us but not our preferred flavor or taste?” This is one of my favorite questions for older kids because it helps kids think about what they’re eating in relation to the health of their body. This gets kids to consider the role food plays besides just being yummy.
- Instead of worrying about whether you’re a good enough parent, open up to self-reflection.
Now, I know at some point all of us ask ourselves, “Should I be worried if my kid hasn’t eaten anything green since that M&M they found on the ground this summer?” I find this question is really the dreaded and veiled, “Am I a crappy parent because my kids won’t drink a green smoothie?”
Conversations can go deeper than self-criticism and allow us to realize we are all doing the best we can. There is no green smoothie-o-meter which grades us as parents. It’s all in our heads.
While green smoothies in a household may indicate that the family understands about the positive health benefits of eating greens, talk openly about what you want for your kids. This will give your child positive health esteem™ — an empowered mindset of self-awareness.
Let’s keep in touch and I will share with you more on how to create a Culture of Wellness in Your Family soon!
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