June is National Fresh Fruits & Vegetable Month
Trying to get your kids to eat more veggies and fruits? Here’s a fabulous, healthy tasty smoothie recipe from Vicki Marquez, author of The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities, which introduces readers to the Rootlets – Brocc, Carrotina, Cornelius and Kaley – who live on Planet Planted in the town of VeggieVille with their dog, Basil, and their guardian and caretaker Yammy Grammy, who plucked them from the ground when they were just sprouts. Hilariously fun with bright, bold, colorful illustrations; The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities is a thrilling journey that showcases the super powers of plant-based foods and explores the magic of friendship and imagination.
“When I was a little girl I would swoon over my grandma’s chocolate-peanut butter-banana milkshakes. I remember watching, with giddy anticipation, as she would drown one lonely banana in a whopping plop of vanilla ice cream, a gigantic spoonful of Jif, a downpour of whole milk and an avalanche of gooey chocolate syrup – to make a blender full of creamy-velvety-peanut-buttery bliss.
I would slurp that milkshake down and then tell my grandma that it tasted like love. And while L.O.V.E. was definitely the sweetest ingredient in my shake…it was overruled by the refined, processed, sugary J.U.N.K.
I’ve cleaned up and greened up the ingredients of this nostalgic beverage, giving it a super healthy twist — and now when I make it for my grandma, she swoons and tells me that it still tastes like love…it must be the banana!”
From Vicki Marquez, author, The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities
Grandma’s “Cleaned up” Greened up Milkshake/Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 2 heaping handfuls of spinach
- 2 to 3 pitted dates
- 1 ¼ cup of almond milk (or coconut milk)
- 1 scoop of maca powder
- 1 scoop of cacao powder
- 1 tbsp of raw crunchy almond butter
- 3 ice cubes
- A sprinkle of love (optional but highly recommended)
Add all ingredients to a blender, blend until smooth and enjoy.
Happy Healthy Eating!