Strawberry, Banana and Kale Smoothie

by Meri on September 28, 2012













One of the dreadful things that goes along with a picky eater is the risk of iron-deficiency anemia. I’m pretty sure Poppie (new nickname for Tiny) and her picky ways is now facing anemia. All she wants to eat these days is cheese, milk, cereal and peanut butter and jelly. I’m getting ready to take her to the pediatrician to confirm anemia. She’s been borderline before and seeing her pale skin and dark circles under her eyes I’m sure that’s what’s happening again. She does take a multivitamin with iron because she eats so poorly, but I don’t think that is doing the trick.

My biggest hurdle with her is that the handful of foods she’ll eat works against her with iron absorption like dairy and cereals. To make matters worse she eats hardly any foods that are high in iron. She refuses any animal protein, egg yolks, beans, or lentils. It’s tricky I tell you.

It’s not all bad news, at least I have a few foods I can always sneak into smoothies: kale and spinach, both good sources of iron. Adding a Vitamin C rich food helps aid the iron absorption so here’s my latest concoction. Banana strawberry and kale smoothie.  This way there is no dairy to interfere with absorption, a good source of iron with the kale and lots of Vitamin C between the kale itself  and the strawberries. The taste is a winner…all three of my kiddos are drinking them. Phew!

Strawberry, Banana and  Kale Smoothie

I basically used the base of my favorite kid friendly kale smoothie from For the Love of Food blog


2 stems of kale, torn off center stalk (I usually fill the blender up 1/2 to 3/4 of the way with kale). You can easily use fresh spinach as well.

1 1/2 cups apple juice

2 ripe bananas

1 cup strawberries, tops removed (ok to use frozen)

1 cup ice


Place kale and apple juice in blender until well blended with no kale chunks

Add bananas, strawberries and ice and blend until smooth. Serve!


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