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Green Smoothies

This is my favorite way to get a lot of raw fruits and vegetables in my girls’ diet first thing in the morning. There are so many great things about green smoothies beyond the obvious health benefits: fast, easy, adaptable, portable; to name a few.

The “green” refers to adding vegetable greens, such as spinach, kale or romaine lettuce, into a fruit smoothie but if you leave out dark fruit the greens create a vibrant green colored smoothie which most kids find fun especially if you give it a fun name(Kermit’s Smoothie perhaps?).

This is my kids’ favorite version, which includes raspberries (optional in the recipe below if you want a bright green colored smoothie); dark fruit is an easy way to “hide” the spinach (worked wonders for me for years with my youngest. Now she does not care, as the great taste factor overruled the idea of spinach in her smoothies).

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Chicken Strawberry Spinach Salad

Serve with whole grain baguette with goat cheese-

This is one of those “out of necessity” dinners that I made when my kitchen was being renovated and I did not have a stove or oven. I couldn’t even access my grill which was right behind the staging area for the workers. It was spring and I knew I wanted to incorporate the juicy, sweet strawberries at their peak this time of year. I got carried away and used them in the salad dressing as well as in the salad. What a great experiment! It’s the strawberry version of the popular raspberry vinaigrette, so expect this salad to be on the sweet side.

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Strawberry-Chia Seed Jam

I adapted my daughter’s blueberry-chia seed jam recipe for this spring fruit favorite with great success. With just a hint of sweetness via some honey, the burst of ripe strawberries really shines through. This is what you want to make with all those strawberries you picked fresh or scored at your local farmer’s market.