Sundays with Samantha: Kid-friendly smoothies

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Homemade smoothies are a great snack.  They are super easy to make, can provide a healthy dose of protein and fiber and sneak in a couple servings of fruit (and/or veggies) without a fight.  Smoothies are my saving grace when my fridge is empty and I’m feeling guilty about my kids’ lack of fruit/veggie intake. They are a great on-the-go snack, perfect for the ride to sports practices or any other after school activity.  (Just make sure to put it in a cup with a lid!) I like to keep bags of frozen fruit in the freezer and over buy bananas to freeze so a smoothie is always a blender away. I have this 12-piece NutriBullet set.  It makes smoothie making and clean-up a snap!

Bonus: Homemade smoothies are so much cheaper and often healthier than the ones you get at a smoothie chain.

Here are some of my favorite basic kid-friendly combos.  Feel free to sneak a handful of spinach or kale in for an extra boost of nutrition.  Directions for all smoothies are the same: Combine ingredients in a blender.  Add ice if it’s too thin or more liquid if it’s too thick. Each recipe makes roughly 2 (8-ounce) servings.

Chocolate Berry Delight

2 tablespoons peanut butter (or other nut butter)

1 medium frozen banana

1 cup frozen berries

8 ounces skim milk

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

PB and J

2 tablespoons peanut butter (or other nut butter)

1 medium frozen banana

1 cup mixed berries

6 ounces skim milk

Piña Colada

4 ounces pineapple juice

4 ounces water

1/2 cup chopped pineapple

1 medium frozen banana

1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup ice

Almond Joy

8 ounces skim milk

1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 medium frozen banana

2 tablespoons almond butter

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

Tropical Treat

1/4 cup diced mango

1 small kiwi

1 medium banana

1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

4 ounces 100% pineapple juice

4 ounces water

Note: I like to use frozen fruit whenever possible because it creates a smoother, thicker smoothie. If all you have is fresh, feel free to add some plain yogurt or extra banana to reach desired consistency.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Sundays with Samantha: Kid-friendly smoothies

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