Thursday, May 1, 2014

Easy Meal Idea: Smoothies

Ok, ok, so smoothies are not some genius new idea. I know.  Also, they are so last year and now everyone's juicing, yes?  Well, I may be a bit behind but hear me out.

Smoothies are truly the quickest meal option out there to really jam pack a meal in a cup - something a tired or cranky kid is far more likely to drink when they do not feel like eating.  It also makes the perfect, healthy snack on-the-go and recently I have been using this for our pre-soccer practice snack for my three year-old.  Just make ahead and store it in the fridge or in a cooler bag with an ice pack. I have suggested this to several friends recently who wanted some healthy meal ideas for their kids and none had this in their rotation.

We drink a lot of smoothies in this house.  Usually, I make an entire blenders worth and doll it out at breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack until its gone.  It really does fine in the fridge all day.  By dinner time, I just add a few ice cubes and re-blend and no one knows the difference. Bonus: the toddler and the pre-schooler both can't get enough of this "special" drink.  Double Bonus: Pour yourself a glass for a filling snack or part 1 of lunch (I usually have a smoothie while my kids eat lunch and follow it with a salad once they go to nap.)

I generally just blend whatever I have on hand but always include: a frozen fruit, a liquid, fresh fruits or vegetables, and some plain yogurt.  Fresh fruit is the key ingredient as it adds enough sweetness for the kids to think its a treat.

Surprisingly, the Cusinart does a pretty good job blending.
Currently saving up for the holy grail- a Vitamix!
My Go-To Smoothie:
1-2 cups Unsweetened Almond or Coconut Milk
1/2-3/4 cup Organic Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
1 cup Spinach or Kale (tear Kale into pieces)
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup fresh mango
1 tablespoon all-natural peanut butter
1 banana (I also peel and then freeze bananas for thickness)

Other Ideas:
Frozen Strawberries, Rasberries, Mango, Blackberries or any other frozen fruit (I also wash, dry and freeze fresh fruit when it's on sale to save on cost)
Protein Powder (I use a vegan powder from my local health food store)
Chia Seeds
Fresh Watermelon
Fresh Pineapple
Citrus Fruits (We have Orange, Lemon, and Grapefruit trees in our backyard so I use that!)

This list could go on and on, but you get the idea.  Happy Blending!

"Mom, I'm busy, do not distract me right now."

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