The Ultimate Spinach Smoothie

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer.  A friend recently told me about a fantastic smoothie recipe that contained spinach as the main ingredient.  Wow…what a clever…and healthy idea!
Smoothie IngredientsI had to get the scoop on this as I’m always looking for something new and healthy for my kids to try.  Tried it out myself and it is very, very good!

Making Smoothie

Very simple to make.

Ingredients:

1 handful of baby spinach
1 whole pear (skin on)
1 whole banana
5 red grapes
About a tablespoon of chopped fresh ginger
2 Basil leaves
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup orange juice

Of course, with something like this, you can get very creative and add all sorts of ingredients.

My kids and their friends would never drink a smoothie knowing it contained spinach, so I made it and kept the main ingredient a secret. We filmed a short video of our experience. They loved it then had quite an amusing reaction once they learned what was in it. View our video!

Have a look at their reaction after their first taste!

Taste testers

The final product. Enjoy!

Be sure and check out Spatuladad.com for more recipes and videos. Also, Produce For Kids is an excellent organization that promotes healthy eating for families and raises funds for children’s non-profit organizations! PFK sponsored our groceries for use in the video.

The Spinach Smoothie Finished Product

Spatula Dad’s Zombie Baked Kale Chips

We have alot of fun making baked kale chips. And being the Fall season with great weather in Central Texas, we celebrated by making a short video of our culinary adventure.  If you’re a fan of the hit tv show, The Walking Dead, you’ll love our take on turning walkers (zombies) into humans….by eating baked kale chips!  You can watch our video>>HERE.


Kale is so beneficial and absolutely loaded with nutrients, including Vitamins K, A & C, antioxidants, fiber and all kinds of great stuff with many syllables and words I can’t pronounce.

The baked kale chips are simple to make and my kids love it. “Amazing” and “awesome” are their usual responses. Baked kale chips are a great replacement for fried potato chips and they taste great!

Here’s all you need:

One bunch of fresh kale leaves. Get the flat-leaf type, known as Dino kale. (The curly kind is good, too but it’s easier to make kale chips with the flat variety.)

Olive oil and Spike seasoning.  Spike seasoning has been around a long time.  It remains one of my favorite seasonings for almost everything.

Preheat your oven on Bake at 275 degrees.  Drizzle a small amount of oil into a large bowl. Spread the oil around the sides of the bowl with your fingers.

Sprinkle some spike seasoning over the olive oil, then take your kale
leaves and slide them around the bowl.  Make sure you get both sides of the leaves coated with olive oil. Coat each side entirely. (No dry spots).

Then lay the coated kale leaves on parchment paper (helps soak up the olive oil and makes for easier cleanup) and place on a cookie sheet. Place it in the oven for about 25-30 minutes.  Soon you’ll have Baked kale chips and everybody will be healthy and human again!


Spatula Dad Challenge
: Send us a picture or a short video of your baked kale chips and post it at one of our social networking sites: here on our blog, the Spatula Dad Facebook page, Tweet it at us with the hashtag #LiveItLoveItEatIt, or Pin It….doesn’t matter which…and we’ll send you a gift in the mail!

Just click on the photo below to view our video on YouTube………Happy Cooking!