By Stephanie Brandt Cornais
See directions below
I mix a full frozen bag of organic strawberries, a full bag of blueberries, then like half a bag each of two other types of fruit. Then I add a half bag of veggies, like frozen peas and usually a banana or two. One mom I know adds a bottle or two of pureed green veggie baby food. I have another friend who puts whole kale or spinach in hers and another puts spirulina in hers. You could probably get away with putting a tablespoon or two of a powder veggies supplement.
When I blend it together, I add a tiny bit of fresh juice that I juice myself. Before I had a juicer, I bought the best organic juice I could get. I put in just enough to help with the blending and to give a little sweetness to the smoothie to make sure she eats it. One of friends puts raw honey to add sweetness.
Then I pour the big batch of smoothie into individual jam sized mason jars. I label the top with the date and put them in the freezer. As I go through the week I pull them out and defrost it the fridge.
Now comes the really nutritious part of the smoothie!
Once the mason jar has defrosted, I pour half of the smoothie into another clean mason jar. So I have two mason jars half full of the pure fruit smoothie.
Then I add one raw egg yolk, yes I said raw. When she is older, I will probably start adding two egg yolks. (Note: While some are concerned about the possibility of Salmonella contamination from raw eggs, Stephanie says she doesn't worry because she uses the best eggs from suppliers she trusts.)
Then I add fresh, raw yogurt, that I make myself. When I first started making her smoothies, I added coconut milk keifer and then later I used raw cow milk keifer. And only in the last month, I have been doing yogurt instead of keifer. I think she prefers the taste of yogurt.
Then I add more fresh juice, usually spinach-apple. This juice has very little apple, and mostly spinach.
By the time I add the egg yolk, the yogurt, and spinach juice the mason jar is filled back up again.
Adding the raw egg yolk and the yogurt add lots of protein to balance out the sugar of the fruit, so her blood sugar doesn’t spike after drinking it. With the egg yolk and yogurt and spinach, you couldn’t ask for a more perfect snack or accompaniment to a meal. And by not freezing the egg yolk, yogurt and spinach, she is getting tons of raw, fresh ingredients chock full of important enzymes, good bacteria and nutrients.
Now, go make your tot a smoothie! Oh, and I drink some too! This is a perfect snack for any mom, especially a trying-to-conceive, pregnant, nursing mom.