Stellar Smoothies

As a mother, I love serving my kids smoothies. They make for a powerful breakfast and are the perfect snack. These miracle drinks are fast, fresh, high in fiber, low in fat and loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. What's not to love?

Smoothies

Here are a couple tips to help make your smoothie creating a breeze. Instead of using ice, use frozen fruit. This will still give your smoothie the frozen texture and help boost up the flavor.

Next, use plain yogurt. I know, on it's own, most kids would turn their noses up to it. But, trust me, the fruit will sweeten up these drinks plenty. So why not cut out all that added sugar found in flavored yogurts?

Here are three smoothie recipes that my kids can't get enough of. But, don't stop here. Have fun mixing and matching your favorite fruits and vegetables.

Directions for the following smoothies

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.

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.

Each recipe yields about 4 (8 ounce) smoothies

1

Sunshine Smoothie

Sunshine smoothie

sunrise smoothie

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

banana split smoothie

banana split smoothie

Ingredients:

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

Berry Blast Smoothie

berry smoothie

berry blast smoothie

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

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Comments on "Healthy smoothies kids will actually enjoy"

Lori Schwnegler March 11, 2014 | 6:47 AM

Oh my gosh Denise Williamson - My niece has the same allergies! Sure wish I could chat with you - - thanks for sharing the smoothies! Def going to try with my dayhome children!

Becky January 16, 2014 | 6:24 PM

Berry blast modification... Cinnamon and ground clove, 1/4 each instead of honey. My son loves!

rene March 13, 2013 | 5:19 PM

do you have a recipes for strawberry smothies

Doris Walker February 18, 2013 | 3:17 PM

Would love to make all of these, just need to know the amount of calories in each. Thanks

Linda Jenkins February 07, 2013 | 5:55 AM

Enjoyed the Berry Smoothie this morning. Quite delicious. Just sweet enough and just the right thickness.

Denise Williamson January 31, 2013 | 8:38 AM

Do you have any recipes for children with autism that are on special diets?? My daughter has to be gluten free, casein free, wheat free, dairy free. She is also very, very picky and textures are a problem for her. HELP!!!!

Erin January 16, 2013 | 1:18 PM

These all look amazing, especially the banana split one. Thanks for sharing!

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