We all know the importance of eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, with our busy lifestyles it’s not always so easy. That’s where smoothies come in. Delicious and nutritious smoothies can be a mom’s secret weapon to ensuring your kids get enough fruit in their diets.
Here are some yummy smoothie combinations that are great for breakfast or any time of the day. Simply throw all ingredients in the blender and blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes.
Bananarama – 1 banana, 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, dash of milk
Mango Mania – 1 mango (cut and pitted), 1/4 cup orange juice
Peach Medley – 1 peach (cut and pitted), 1 banana, 1/4 cup orange juice
Berry Surprise – 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup raspberries, ¼ cup of milk
Strawberry Ice – 1 cup strawberries, 1 cup orange juice, I cup crushed ice
Honey melon – 1 cup chopped honey dew lemon pieces, 1/4 cup apple juice, tablespoon honey.
Banana Boost – 1 banana, 1/4 shredded wheat cereal (or other high fiber cereal), 1/4 cup milk. A great way to get extra fiber and vitamins into your child’s diet.
And if it’s hot outside why not try smoothie popsicles. They may a great alternative to sugary ice cream and are a delicious summer treat. For a creamier consistency try adding 1/4 cup yogurt of your choice to the recipes above and pour the smoothie mixture into popsicle molds. If you don’t have popsicle molds you can use paper cups or even ice cube trays. Fill cups or tray and when half frozen and slushy like insert popsicle stick and leave until fully frozen.
You don’t have to stick the recipes above, just about any of your favorite fruit combinations will taste delicious in a homemade smoothie. It’s also a great way to let kids get involved in the kitchen. Let them choose their favorite fruits and let them help you peel and chop them up (according to their age of course). They can also pour liquid ingredients into measuring cups.
Smoothies are not only a great way to get your kids to eat more fruit. They’re also easy to prepare and best of all delicious.