Elisabeth Rohm3My favorite way to start the morning with my daughter is with a healthy and hydrating smoothie. It’s a great way to infuse us both with electrolytes, potassium, beta-carotene, and antioxidants.

2 cups coconut water
1 cup mango
1 cup pineapple
2 cups spinach


Combine ingredients in your blender or Vitamix and puree until smooth.

Play with the balance of ingredients according to taste or what you have on hand. Substitute kale or collard greens for the spinach. Coconut water makes a great base that kids love. The sweetness of mango and the tartness of pineapple temper the greens; add a banana to sweeten and thicken it up.

Elisabeth is the author with Eve Adamson of Baby Steps: Having the Child I Always Wanted (Just Not as I Expected). For more information visit: Elisabeth-Rohm.com or follow updates at Twitter account @ElisabethRohm.

Vanessa Harris is graduate of Pepperdine University who completed her teacher training in India. Her experience includes writing, making malas or prayer beads, serving as an associate producer at Bhakti Fest, and contributing as the Editorial Coordinator at Bliss Network.