Looking to pack more nutrition into your kid’s day? An easy way to make a nutrient-packed meal or snack is with smoothies! You can blend up your child’s favorite fruits and even sneak in some greens like spinach or kale. Protein can be added with nut butter or nut milk and it only takes minutes.
Check out these steps to a Sensational Smoothie via Washington Post
Let’s dive into the recipes…
This recipe comes via Super Healthy Kids. You can use peaches from your freezer if it is not the time for fresh. So Delicious!
- 4 fresh peaches, pit removed
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup sparkling water
- Ice to desired consistency
Add ingredients to a high powered blender. Blend until smooth, serve cold. Enjoy!
2.Sunshine Smoothie, SheKnows
The name alone sounds fun and refreshing, but it doesn’t end there. This little beauty has a boost of beta carotene from the baby carrots along with some protein-packed greek yogurt.
- 1/2 cup baby carrots
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 tablespoon honey
3.Toddler “Hidden Veggie” Smoothie
Mum’s the word. Don’t tell your kids the name of this one! Mixed fruits hide secret ingredients like cauliflower and peas.
- 1cup whole milk (kids need their fats)
- 1whole banana, peeled (hehe, obvious)
- 1tablespoon honey or 1 tablespoon sugar or 1 tablespoon other artificial sweetener
- 1⁄4cup plain yogurt or 1⁄4 cup vanilla yogurt
Frozen Add-ins can be any of the following
- 1⁄4cup frozen cauliflower (I use this in almost all of the smoothies now)
- 1⁄4cup frozen spinach
- 1⁄4cup frozen strawberries or 1⁄4cup blueberries or 1⁄4 cuppineapple or 1⁄4 cup mixed fruit
- 1⁄2cup frozen peas and carrot
- 1-1/2 cups dark sweet frozen cherries (pitted, unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup non-fat vanilla soy milk
- 1 Tbsp. frozen lemonade concentrate
- 1/2 cup low-fat lemon yogurt
Place frozen cherries and blueberries in the bottom of a blender, Vita Mix, or food processor, fitted with a metal blade.
Top with vanilla soy milk.
Add remaining ingredients.
Puree until smooth. If using a blender, you may have to stop to press the fruit down into the blades in order for it to puree smoothly. Make sure the blender is turned off, and use a long spoon to push the fruit down. Continue blending until all of the fruit is ground up.
5.Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie
Greek yogurt and nut butter boost protein, and ground flaxseed adds omega-3s in this fresh fruit smoothie recipe. Use ice cubes if you like a frosty smoothie or opt for water if you don’t want it so cold. ~EatingWell
- 1 cup hulled strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 medium banana
- 1/2 cup diced mango, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon natural nut butter, such as cashew or almond
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed (flaxmeal)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 ice cubes or 1/2 cup water
What smoothies does your kid love? Link your favorite recipe in the comments!