Today we’re going to show you how to make a fruit smoothie. Rest easy, it’s not rocket science and can even be done with frozen fruit so you don’t have to rely on ingredients being in season. We often make our smoothies with mostly frozen fruit along with lots of spinach for an added health boost. Shhh! The kids don’t know we put the Spinach in there. It’s just a Strawberry Banana Spinach Smoothie made with greek yogurt and orange juice. This time it also contained blueberries and raspberries, but it’s easy to vary so read on for the details.
A lot of the time the exact ingredients depend on what fruit and produce you currently have. Sometimes it’s Spinach Blueberry Smoothie. Sometimes it’s a Mango Spinach Smoothie. When we don’t have spinach we make other smoothies like this peach almond milk smoothie. But if you have spinach on hand it’s always a great thing to sneak into your smoothie ingredients and usually the kids don’t even notice if you don’t go overboard. So just go with it, mix in what you have and it’s a great way get your daily dose of veggies and fruit.
Daylight Savings Time Trap
Daylight savings time is cruel. I know, I know, extra daylight at the end of the day is supposed to be a good thing. And it is. But, we had just started to hit our Spring stride of getting up early (and it was no longer dark when we got up), getting in some morning exercise, and getting our day planned out before the clock struck responsibility time and the tasks of the day take over. Then this week hit. We struggled to get out of bed because it was dark, felt way too early, and our kids were staying up way too late — it’s hard to convince them it’s bedtime when it’s light out. And so the early Spring dance begins.
Breakfast can be challenging to begin with. Throw in kids who are a little grumpy because they’re tired and the challenge increases. The “what’s for breakfast” debate goes up a notch. Kids won’t always eat the grown-up breakfast option of things like our Ham and Swiss Chard Frittata and so we fall back to some of our go to reliable options like Homemade Granola and Fruit Smoothies.
Smoothies with Spinach and Fruit!
As we continue our attempts to improve our family’s healthy eating habits, smoothies continue to be an integral part of our diet. The grown-ups have started the 30 day Simple Green Smoothie Challenge, but green is a tougher color to sell with the kiddos and so for them we usually fix smoothies with lots and lots of fruit. We usually start with a base of vanilla greek yogurt, orange juice, and bananas and then add in even more fruit. And spinach. Green smoothies are a tough sell, but it doesn’t mean you can’t hide the green vegetables in there! Our kids don’t even realize there’s spinach in their smoothie.
Availability and freshness of fruit are always an issue and so we always sought out how to make a smoothie with frozen fruit. There are benefits to this anyway as you need a frozen element to bring the smoothie together to the right consistency. Making your fruit smoothies with yogurt also leads to a pleasing consistency. Plus, greek yogurt is high in protein and calcium. It’s all about creating a “power smoothie” that is going to give ourselves and our kids lots of what they need. And so we’ve just developed the habit of having ingredients for fruit smoothies always on hand. We always have bananas and yogurt and we regularly stock our freezer wth frozen fruits. Strawberries and Blueberries are the most prevalent, but we also sometimes use pineapple, mango, and raspberries.
So get on board and start your family on smoothies if you haven’t already. The good news is that there are tons of possible combinations and many of them your kids will probably like. You can always try the dessert angle with something like this Chocolate Banana Smoothie. Or how about an Apple Pie Smoothie?
Drop a comment below and let us know what flavors of smoothie get top billing in your house!
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