“Ice Cream”

Johnny enjoys his smoothie ice cream

Given the opportunity, Johnny would live off of ice cream, black beans, and the occasional glass of milk. Luckily, smoothie “ice cream” is nearly as attractive to him as the type purchased from store freezers. Our most popular version has a cup of frozen spinach, half a cup of frozen mixed berries, white grape peach juice, and a few ice cubes – with a dollop of whipped cream to make it especially fancy. His sisters are equally fond of this ice cream. Now that’s the kind of ice cream I don’t mind serving for dessert every day!

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

15 thoughts on ““Ice Cream””

  1. What an interesting way to get him to eat veggies. I actually had to read that twice to make sure I understood you were putting spinach in the ice cream! LOL!

  2. That’s great that he eats the one with spinach! Question, though, would he live off of ice cream and black beans mixed together? :)

  3. Wow! We frequently make “ice cream” just by putting frozen fruit in the food processor (mangoes, usually), but spinach?!? Is the taste/texture really disguised?

    1. It doesn’t seem to affect the texture much at all, if you have a good blender/food processor. And if you use strong flavors, you can’t taste the spinach at all. Milder flavors (say, strawberries) you can tell it’s there, but my kids still love it!

  4. This our favorite way to make “ice cream” too. My kiddo loves it, and I feel so much better about her not eating all the additives and weird stuff in regular ice cream. :)

  5. Elisa | blissfulE

    LOVE that look on his face! So cute!!

    White grape peach juice may be the thing I miss most from the States… mmmmmmm.

  6. Sneaky :) I have to try this too one day. We eat a lot of “milkshakes” with fruit in them, but I haven’t tried to add greens this way. Hey, I might like it too :)

  7. I’ve never had ice cream with spinach in it, sounds like a good way to sneak in some greens. ER won’t eat lettuce of any kind, wonder if this would get some leafy greens in her!

  8. Wow, very creative! I wouldn’t of thought of this combo. I’ve tried to make “green smoothies” with lettuce and celery and fruit and they were terrible. LOL! I’ll have to tinker more.

    I’ve never tried white grape peach juice either. Who knew?

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. It’s all about finding which veggies don’t impact the texture and flavor too much. Spinach blends much better than lettuce – especially baby spinach, which is what we use!

      You should definitely try white grape peach juice =)

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