Purple Cabbage Smoothie

This smoothie has a secret ingredient: purple cabbage. Combined with frozen berries, bananas, and Greek yogurt, it whirls up into something wonderful!

Every once in awhile when we only have a couple items to get at the store, I let our 2.5 year old use a kiddie cart. I feel crazy doing this let alone admitting it. I promise though, it is actually a rather positive experience for everyone...even those shopping around us!

Last trip, we were in the produce section. My daughter began to do her standard "basket drop" where she glances up at me while trying to also drop anything and everything within arms reach down into the basket. This was a hugely entertaining freedom for her the first time we used the kiddie cart. She has learned since though that such behavior doesn't fly if she wants to be "responsible" and get big kid privileges with pushing the kiddie cart. Y'all are parents, so I know I don't need to explain how those conversations (yep, plural!) have gone.

But what does seem to work for us is to let her pick one item each time at the store. Sometimes I specify it can be a treat (within mom's discretion). Other times, it is the first random item she "basket drops" that I can then declare as the first, last, and only random item of the shopping trip.

Lucky for me, last time the produce section was where we shopped first. What was the first item she tried to "basket drop?"

Purple cabbage.

I almost told her to put it back because honestly, that isn't a veggie we use very often. Then I thought, we should keep it and hype up her choice as a creative one. She had no idea what is was (which speaks for at least 92% of basket drop items), but she soon would discover it in more detail.

When we got home, she helped peel off leaves and wash them. When it came time to make a smoothie, she tossed the leaves in and watched what happened to them once we turned it on.

Purple goodness she guzzled down.


With purple being her favorite color, the smoothie was a hit and hidden purple cabbage didn't hurt it one bit. We may just have to go back and basket drop this ingredient more often!

Purple Power Smoothie


Want a great way to add unfamiliar vegetables to your family's diet without a fight? See how seamlessly purple cabbage combines with this smoothie recipe. You won't notice it's even there, apart from the vibrant purple color!


  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup purple cabbage
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt, plain unsweetened
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds
  • 6-8 oz coconut water
  • (Add honey for added sweetness)


  1. Add all ingredients to blender. Turn on and up to high until all ingredients are well blended.
  2. Pour into kid and adult cup. Makes one adult (16 oz-ish) and one kid cup (8 oz-ish).