I am a firm believer in agency, people should have the right to make their own choices in their life…… except when it comes to nutrition. You’re the cook. You’re in charge. If you want your family to be healthy, then decisions have to made. Hard decisions. Terrible decisions. Dark decisions……………wait a second, this is getting kind of dramatic, If hiding spinach in a smoothie is the worst thing you’ve done to someone, you’re doing okay.
The concept is simple: nutrition by deception. Take something tasty, hide something less tasty inside it. Kale stuffed donuts, artisan asparagus bead, and turnip tiramisu are some advanced examples, but for our purposes lets start with something basic: Chocolate Cherry Banana Smoothie.
Chocolate and almonds are a bulletproof combination. I’m sure there are some poets out there who could beautifully describe this flavor fusion, but I’m a B- poet at best so I will just say that chocolate and almonds are simply a delight. Combine them with a banana and cherries and you now have a base that can hide any secret nutritious food you can think of. Spinach is the weapon of choice in this situation. Put as much as you want in it. Really you can, it doesn’t make the smoothie any less delicious or any less brown. All great journeys begin with a single step. Chocolate Cherry Banana Smoothie is your first step on a grand journey to deceptively make the world a healthier place!
Don’t throw out over ripe bananas, peel them and freeze them instead. It’s a good idea to always have frozen bananas on hand for making smoothies. Frozen ingredients are important to make the smoothie thick and cold. If you use non-frozen ingredients, you have to add ice to get that cold, thick texture. Ice dilutes the flavor, which is super gross. Frozen bananas provide the cold you need to make the desired texture, without diluting the flavor.