Popeye Smoothies

The older Mr. Boy gets … the more “BOY” he becomes.

If he sees any standing water on the ground — no matter how thin — the child must run to it and commence stomping and splashing.  It as through the puddles contain some homing device for him.

He spends hours and HOURS of his day pretending to be an airplane … or a car …. or a super hero of one kind or another.  And, of course, every imagined persona or entity has its own sound effects.  LOUD sound effects.

And, to my horror, Mr. Boy has become obsessed with all things “gross.”  Snot.  Boogers.  Slime.

If it is disgusting . . . if it oozes . . . if it smells . . . Mr. Boy is in LOVE.

I’m pretty sure the author of the “Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails” poem defining little boys had his or her own Mr. Boy running around.  That poem sums hims up perfectly.

He is just ALLLLL boy.

(and, as my grandmother likes to say about his kind …. “But, oh!  What a man he will make.”)

When it comes to eating, he is my picky one.  The one most likely to turn his nose up at most vegetables and at most meats.

His preferences? Oatmeal, bluebabies (blueberries), redbabies (raspberries), apples, and french fries.

If I would let him eat those food at each and every meal, the child would be blissfully content.  But, alas, I’m a mean mommy and I expect my children to sample everything served to them at mealtimes.  And, GASP … I expect him to EAT GREEN VEGETABLES!

Mr. Boy is NOT a fan of green vegetables.  Every now and then, if the mood strikes, he’ll nibble at roasted broccoli; but this only happens if the stars are perfectly aligned, there is NOT a full moon, and if everyone holds their breath while he eats.

A few weeks ago, however, I discovered a secret to getting my Mr. Boy to eat something healthy and something green: Popeye Smoothies.

Every morning, Mr. Boy asks for a Popeye Smoothie (or what the rest of the world knows as a Green Monster Smoothie);  the greener and thicker and “gloopier” it is in his glass, the happier that tyke is.

And, since he has found a new hero in Popeye the Sailor Man, Mr. Boy thinks it is uber-cool to be drinking something Popeye would drink.

AND, it doesn’t hurt that he can give himself a mean mustache and a unibrow while slurping down the smoothie.  To a 2.5 year old, facial hair is even more cool that Popeye.

Whatever it takes, right?

Mr. Boy isn’t alone in his love of this drink. Momm, Daddy, and the Little Lady are also fans. The baby spinach yields plenty of iron and calcium but its flavor is masked by the sweet fruit. Using frozen blueberries is not only economical (at my store, I can purchase three times the amount of frozen berries at the same price of fresh berries) but saves you from adding ice for bulk (ice which would melt and water down the texture and flavor of the drink).

If you add Ginger, you get a spicy, pungent bright note — a nice balance to the natural sweet flavor of the green smoothie.


 Popeye Smoothies

aka “Green Monster Smoothies”  — Makes one adult serving or two child-sized servings.


  1. 2 Cups of Baby Spinach
  2. 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  3. 1 Banana (the riper, the better)
  4. 1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
  5. 1 Tsp Raw, Organic Honey (optional)
  6. 1 Tsp Ginger (optional)*


  1. In a blender, puree the baby spinach and milk.
  2. Add the banana to the liquid, cutting the banana if needed. Puree.
  3. If you choose to add honey for additional sweetness, add it in at this point and puree.
  4. Add in the frozen blueberries and ginger, “pulsing” the blender a few seconds until the blueberries are broken and incorporated into the smoothie.
  5. Pour immediately into a glass(es) and serve.


* Since I don’t have the time or patience to grate ginger every morning, I buy Ground Ginger Paste. It comes in a small tube and is sold in the fresh herb section of my grocery store’s produce department. It is SUCH a time saver. Love it.


Inspired by Sing For Your Supper’s Brown Monster Smoothie.


  1. Dani says

    I love this recipe. I must try with my miss girl. She is super picky and hard to convince of anything. Just a quick tip. if you mince all your ginger you can freeze it and throw into your smoothie as is blends. so much more taste than the squeezy tube and no preservatives.

    • Rachel says

      LOL — well, my kid likes the “questionable” looking stuff … he is, after all, a kid who picks his nose.


  2. says

    Thats awesome you can get him to drink that smoothie! My kids are not picky eaters but I can say they wouldn’t drink that! What a healthy boy!!

    • Rachel says

      LOL, well not so much healthy as just a lover of Popeye and a lover of all things “Gross.” So a green drink that looks like it was made out of pond water? Right up his alley. 😉

  3. says

    Your little boy is so CUTE!! My son is a picky eater as well! This smoothie looks delicious and I’ll have to try it!!

  4. says

    That is awesome your little man drinks that and even asks for it. My two youngest are huge veggie eater either but I know for a fact there is no way they would drink that just because of how it looks. It could taste like ice cream and they still wouldn’t drink it. Maybe I should give this smoothie a try and see what happens. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Vaida Bridget says

    I haven’t eaten spinach yet because we don’t have spinach in our place. I much your spinach there? Thanks for sharing this smoothie recipe. I’ll try to recreate one someday.


    • Rachel says

      Yes, spinach — both baby spinach and regular — are readily available in our stores. Lucky me, I guess!

  6. Lanaya says

    Done bookmarking your site.. I really love to try out this delicious and healthy smoothies.. I never tried making smoothies out of spinach.. :)

  7. Jones24 says

    Greeny delicious popeye smoothies is really interesting… I know that my children will love it, same as me.. :)

  8. says

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!! I can so relate, as a mom to three little boys! My boys LOVE Popeye, all things messy, and loud! This is perfect!! I think they would love “popeye smoothies” also! :)

    • Rachel says

      Lol, aren’t little boys too funny with their penchant for being “gross?”. It seriously is a whole new world for me!

    • Rachel says

      Lol, aren’t little boys too funny with their penchant for being “gross?” It seriously is a whole new world for me!

  9. Nicole says

    I had fun reading this! Your boy is so cute and adorable. It’s like he’s very eager to grow fast. :) Thanks for sharing this..