Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

    LINDAKAY228   261,631
250,000-299,999 SparkPoints

Help my granddaugher is eating all my spinach!!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

I remembe when people used to try to get their kids to eat spinach by talking about Popeye the Sailor Man who ate a can of spinach whenever he was in trouble and needed his muscles. Now canned spinach isn't really that great. Maybe that's why it took a lot of encouraging, prompting, bribing, threatening to get the kids to eat it. But I like to buy fresh spinach and throw it into my salads. My my 9 year old granddaughter has developed a lot for the raw spinach now. I bought a bag yesterday and she asked me yesterday if she could have some because she does like to eat it when I have it. Of course I told her she could When I checked the bag today to make a green smoothie it was 2/3rds gone! Oh well, I'll share with her LOL!
I tried green smoothie today with frozen peaches, some protein powder, a cup of spinach, and of course little ice thrown in the blender because I like it thick. It was really good! So that is my healthy lunch today because I had big breakfast. So many more things I can try with smoothies! I've made them before with the protein poweder, a little water, a little ice, and frozen or fresh fruits but this is the first time with the spinach. Definitely a keeper! If my granddaughter leaves me any at least.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    What a good grammy - I never liked cooked spinach as a child, either, but fresh - yeah, that's the ticket! Green smoothies rock - yum!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LYNDALOVES2HIKE 4/13/2012 8:45PM

    I have never made green smoothies but have to say that having a granddaughter who eats too much of your spinach is a nice 'problem' to have, haha!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    I remember that canned spinach. I thought spinach was supposed to be slimy, and I wondered why Popeye enjoyed it so much. But fresh .. yum! Glad you're willing to share.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUNEPA 4/13/2012 2:04PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
MIZCATHI 4/13/2012 6:45AM

    Food for thought! This sounds like a good way to get your nutrients and enjoy it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BECKYANNE1 4/13/2012 3:43AM

    I'm finding that all of my kids like spinach. Who'd of guessed? I didn't even have to talk them into trying it. I haven't done smoothies yet. I may have to give them a try.

Report Inappropriate Comment
_LINDA 4/13/2012 1:47AM

    I love spinach too, but never tried it in a smoothie -I just do fruit shakes with protein powder -not sure if my hand mixer would be powerful enough to make spinach smooth.. That is great you are encouraging your granddaughter with healthy habits!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEMPEST272002 4/12/2012 11:30PM

    I'm a huge spinach lover too. I put in in everything - omelettes, meatloaf, spaghetti - and use it anywhere I'd use lettuce. I think it's great that your granddaughter is picking up good habits now. She's got a great example in you.

Comment edited on: 4/12/2012 11:32:42 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
DJ4HEALTH 4/12/2012 9:14PM

    that is great that she is eating spinach and I agree that the can is nasty but the fresh is great and I also make it by saute it on the stove with some olive oil in onions and garlic and salt n pepper until just wilted and dark green not over cooked(like the cans are). You will find that it is great tasting too.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PURPLESPEDCOW 4/12/2012 8:35PM

    time to get bigger bags!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRYS210 4/12/2012 8:25PM

    How wonderful that she likes it! Does she like a lot of other fruits and vegetables as well?

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOOZLEBEAR 4/12/2012 8:24PM

    That is wonderful that your granddaughter loves her spinach!!! I've been wanting to try a green smoothie with spinach but don't have any protein powder. Guess I could make it without it. I heard strawberries were also good with the spinach.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WENDYWITKOSKI 4/12/2012 8:08PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
MRSVALENTINO 4/12/2012 8:01PM

    That's so great that she loves spinach. Time in invest in the larger bags! Also, wish I liked spinach.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/12/2012 7:54PM

    I'm probably one of the few people in the world who actually loves canned spinach (fresh too). I used to offer to take it off the plates of the kids at school who didn't like it but had to have a clean plate to go back for seconds on what they did like. I "cleaned up," as they say.

I love smoothies too. I add spinach or kale and also a piece of beet or carrot. As long as there proportionally more fruit, that's all I taste. I love to use raisins if it needs "sweetening." Lots of potassium.

Comment edited on: 4/12/2012 7:54:49 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
DRAGONCHILDE 4/12/2012 7:34PM

    I love adding spinach to spagetti, too; doesn't add any flavor at all, but oh wow, the oomph factor!

Report Inappropriate Comment
STRINGI719 4/12/2012 6:22PM

    Yes, the spinach is SO great for smoothies, and for making juices, too! It gives the great green color & nutrition, but virtually no flavor. Other greens, like kale & chard & turnip or collard greens, are not so tasty!!!
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NATPLUMMER 4/12/2012 5:44PM

    It's great that your granddaughter is eating spinach :-)

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

Log in to post a comment.

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

Other Entries by LINDAKAY228