5 Smoothie Recipes Kids Will Love

5 Smoothie Recipes Kids Will Love

Smoothies have recently become a popular item in my household, one that I’m glad to accommodate. They are easy and quick to make, nutritious, and make a great healthy alternative to high calorie desserts like ice cream or cookies. My kids are big on getting a dessert after dinner and serving them up a fruit smoothie makes both them and me happy.

Fruit smoothies are their favorite, but I am able to sneak some spinach in when they aren’t looking. What they don’t know won’t hurt them! After much trial and error I have come to realize that the secret to making a really good, creamy smoothie is using frozen fruit. With frozen fruit you can skip the ice, which can water down the flavor a bit, and you can buy packages of prefrozen fruit at the grocery store that can last you much longer than fresh fruit. If you have fresh fruit that is getting close to going bad chop it up, place it in Ziploc bags, and stick it in the freezer to be used in smoothies later. You can even put all the ingredients of a particular smoothie recipe in one bag so that when you are ready to make your next smoothie all you have to do is toss what’s in the bag in the blender, add milk or yogurt, and viola you’ll have your smoothie.

If you are ready to give smoothies a try, or if you want to spice up your routine with new recipes, here are five simple recipes that are kid approved.

Note: I have assumed frozen fruit for these recipes, if using fresh fruit add a cup of ice to the ingredients as well. For all smoothies place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If the taste is too tart for your liking, add some honey or low calorie sweetener to taste. Recipes should yield 3 -4 eight ounce smoothies.

Banana Split Smoothie

Easy Smoothie Recipes Kids Will Love

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup chocolate milk

Berry Mania Smoothie

Easy Smoothie Recipes Kids Will Love

This is the perfect smoothie to sneak in some vitamin enriched spinach, just don’t let the kids catch you! The strong flavor of the berries will hide any trace of spinach.

  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries (you can buy prepackaged with strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup milk
  • honey to taste

Breakfast Sunrise Smoothie

Easy Smoothie Recipes Kids Will LoveThis delectable smoothie makes the perfect breakfast on the go, or can be enjoyed as an evening snack.

  • 1 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • honey to taste

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Easy Smoothie Recipes Kids Will Love

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • honey or sweetener to taste

Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie

Easy Smoothie Recipes Kids Will Love

  • 2 cups chopped watermelon
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • honey to taste

The great thing about smoothies is that you can mix and match all sorts of ingredients to find a taste that you love. Keep experimenting with your favorite fruits and veggies, the sky’s the limit!

 

 

 

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