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Whip up some fruit smoothies your kids will actually enjoy

Corey is a wife and proud mother of two wonderful children. Her passion for photography and food fueled the creation of her site, Family Fresh Meals. There she enjoys sharing homemade recipes the whole family can enjoy.

Fruity smoothies are a fun and healthy way to start your child's day

Fresh fruit smoothies are high in fiber, low in fat and loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. Basically, they're a power breakfast that will put a little long-lasting pep in a child's step before they head off to school. The best part? They're super-easy to whip up.

Fruity smoothies are a fun and healthy way to start your child's day
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Not all children are instantly jazzed about the idea of having fruit for breakfast, but if you use frozen fruit instead of ice, smoothies get a thick, creamy texture that's not unlike a milkshake. Not to mention frozen fruit adds a huge flavor boost.

Here are three smoothie recipes that my kids can't get enough of — but don't stop here. Have fun mixing and matching your (and your kids') favorite fruits and vegetables to come up with your own smoothie masterpieces.

Directions for the following smoothies

Add all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. If you find the consistency of your smoothies to be too thick, add small amounts of water or milk until desired consistency is achieved.

Note: If you do not have frozen fruit to use for the smoothies, fresh fruit will work just fine. If using fresh fruit, make sure to add 1-2 cups of ice to the other ingredients before blending.

Each recipe yields about 4 (8 ounce) smoothies.

Fruity smoothies are a fun and healthy way to start your child's day
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More: 6 steps to freezing ripe summer berries for smoothies all year 'round

1. Sunshine Smoothie

Fruity smoothies are a fun and healthy way to start your child's day

Ingredients:

  • 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

2. Banana Split Smoothie

Fruity smoothies are a fun and healthy way to start your child's day

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup low-fat chocolate milk

3. Berry Blast Smoothie

Fruity smoothies are a fun and healthy way to start your child's day

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach (about two handfuls)
  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries (I used strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries and blueberries)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup low-fat milk (soy, almond or coconut milk will work too)
  • 1 tablespoon honey

More: Frozen banana bites

Originally published January 2013. Updated December 2016.

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