Smoothies to the rescue!

Smoothies are a fun and easy way to add nutrients to your family’s diet. Smoothies take only a few minutes to prepare and can be adjusted to even the pickiest of eater’s tastes. They’re great for a snack or breakfast on the go! Next time you’re scrambling for a quick meal or snack, remember these smoothie tips!

Add greens

Do your kids avoid eating leafy green vegetables? Adding a handful of spinach or kale to a fruit smoothie is a great way to make sure they’re getting important vitamins and nutrients. While you shouldn’t hide the fact that they’re eating vegetables, smoothies can be a useful tool for getting them to try something new. If you’re worried about vegetables going bad, stock up on a bunch of frozen options and keep them in your freezer.

Get your kids involved

Smoothies are easy to make, so they are a good way to introduce your kids to food preparation. Plus, what kid doesn’t love using a blender! Experiment with different colors and food combinations and see what you can come up with! You and your kids can come up with names for your favorite smoothie recipes.

Make it fun!

Pick out or decorate a smoothie cup for everyone in the family or use crazy straws (just make sure to rinse them out immediately after using them so they are easier to clean later). You can also freeze smoothies into popsicles and make them into a healthy desert!

Starter smoothie recipes

  • La Isla Bonita: 1 banana, ½ cup of frozen kale, ½ cup of coconut water
  • Green Day: ½ cup of frozen kale, ½ cup frozen pineapple, ½ cup of yogurt, ¼ cup of water
  • PB&J: ½ cup of low fat milk, ½ cup of frozen raspberries, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • Strawberry Banana: 1 banana, ½ cup of frozen strawberries, ¼ cup of orange juice, ¼ cup of water

If you’re looking for more inspiration, there are plenty of other great recipes available. Remember, smoothies are more filling than they seem. Have them as a substitute for a snack or breakfast, not as an addition!

 

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