A Guide to Feeding our Future

Sneaky Smoothie

By: Jennifer Kavander, RHN, ROHP – Vancouver, BC

“Looking for a great way to sneak in some extra servings of fruits and veggies?  This smoothie is a nutritional powerhouse, and a great way to squeeze in 2 to 4 servings of antioxidant rich fruits and veggies.  With the addition of protein and healthy fat, it makes for a perfect snack, or a quick breakfast.  While spinach does seem like an odd ingredient to include, due its mild sweet flavour, the only reason you will know it’s there is because of the colour. ”


  • ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ½ banana – the riper the better 🙂
  • 2 cups raw baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or hemp milk (may modify to desired consistency)
  • ½ scoop vegan or whey protein powder
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp organic grade B maple syrup or a pinch of stevia
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder (optional)


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth (if too thick, add more almond or hemp milk).

Optional Kid-friendly tip:
If you can’t convince your children to drink something green, try adding a tablespoon of raw cacao powder.  In addition to changing the colour from green to chocolate brown, you’ll be adding in yet another dose of essential minerals and antioxidants!


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