When I am low on ideas for lunch or looking for a healthy way to fill up, I grab my blender to make a smoothie. They are so easy and quick to make. And, as an added bonus, they encourage kids to eat things they might not otherwise (spinach anyone?) and they also allow you to add a few more vitamins to your diet in a good tasting way. My little JadeSquirrel goes ‘squirrely’ for smoothies! She absolutely adores them.
So, how to make? Well, it’s super easy
For my recipe ideas: they can all be changed and adjusted as needed. Kefir is always a good thing to add to any smoothie as well as protein powder or vitamin powders (if you use them) like vitamin C.
Sweet Green Smoothie: Take some plain yogurt, orange concentrate juice (direct from the can) 1 or 2 TBSP should do it, coconut or almond milk (as the main milk ingredient), a handful of baby spinach (1 or 2 cups), blueberries, 1 banana, oranges- blend until smooth. If it tastes too ‘earthy’ add some honey and blend again. If you have matcha powder on hand, add a couple TSPs of that for a boost of matcha flavour.
Chocolate Delight Smoothie: Take plain (or cappuccino flavoured) yogurt, coconut or almond milk, 2 TBSP of cocoa powder, 1 or 2 TBSP honey, 2 bananas, a dash of cinnamon, a few chocolate chips
Chocolate Nut Butter Smoothie: 3 TBSP of any nut butter (peanut and cashew are my favourites), almond or coconut milk, 2 bananas, 1 TBSP cocoa powder
Berry Wonders Smoothie: 1 banana, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, coconut or almond milk, berry flavoured yogurt
To make a smoothie into more of a summertime refreshing slushy, add a few ice cubes or use water instead of milk with the ice cubes (coconut water is also a good substitute).
A wonderful topping to any smoothie is a nice swirl of organic whipped cream!