Happy March! If you live in Canada, anywhere outside out British Columbia, you must be just as excited as I am for spring. I live in Winnipeg which is alternatively known as “Winterpeg” and for a good reason. In my household, we are beyond ready for some extra sunshine and green everything, food included. What better way to celebrate the upcoming change in weather than to join in on some St. Patrick’s Day festivities. It is the one day where our children will be willing to eat all things green, so let’s take advantage.
I am a huge fan of smoothies as they are a fantastic way to receive a generous dose of nutrients. We particularly love adding zucchini to our smoothies. Zucchini is a powerful little veggie that often goes unnoticed, but zucchini is full of powerful antioxidants and fibre – I suggest leaving the skin on here to get the full benefits. Zucchini is also a wonderful source of potassion. Did you know that a zucchini has more potassium than a banana?
Below is one of my family’s favourite green smoothie recipes. For St. Patrick’s Day serve it in a bowl and have some shamrock fun decorating it. I used a heart shaped cookie cutter to give me the outline of the leaves and made a little stem. I traced everything with chia seeds and once I had my stencil-I filled it in! It was really easy, fun, and was a huge hit with my toddler.
Shamrock zucchini Smoothie Bowl recipe
*Makes 2 smoothie bowls
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 small zucchini, cut in half (keep the skin on, that’s where the antioxidants and fibre live!)
- 1 green apple, cut in large chunks
- 1 cup pineapple pieces
- 1/8 cup hemp hearts
- 1 inch piece fresh ginger root
- ¾ cup-1 cup unsweetened coconut milk or any other milk of choice
- Blend all ingredients together in a blender. For a smoothie bowl, you want the texture to be a little thicker than a traditional smoothie blend. I’d recommend adding little amounts of liquid at a time and keep adding as necessary to blend.
- Pour the smoothie into bowls and garnish!
Meet Chantal Urbina
I am currently a retired Registered Massage Therapist on maternity leave with my first child. I am a certified Culinary Nutrition Expert and aim to create delicious but powerful meals that serve our bodies with the love and respect they deserve. Introducing solids to my daughter, Eliana, has further inspired me to create recipes with holistic foods. Motherhood has blessed me with the highest motivation to live the healthiest and happiest life that I can. Summers are when I shine my brightest as I live for adventures out in the sun. I live in Winnipeg with my daughter, husband and two cats.