In our house, we are–what you might call–a little smoothie-obsessed! As a pediatric dietitian and busy mom of three kids, smoothies are our go-to because they are literally meals-in-a-jar (or mug, glass or bowl). As a mom, I love that smoothies are so easy and quick – you literally throw a bunch of nutritious ingredients into a blender and press a button! For breakfast, lunch or a quick and refreshing snack, smoothies are simply the best. A bonus is that smoothies not only nourish, but also HYDRATE, which is especially important for warmer months.
When I create smoothie recipes, I try to include at least 5 things for balance: frozen fruit, leafy greens or other veggies, nuts or seeds, yogurt (or vegan yogurt) and milk (or a on-dairy substitute). Sometimes I even add things like tofu, lentils, or avocado for extra nutrition and creaminess! Ensuring that these important ingredients are included will help to keep tummies fuller longer, energy levels up and blood sugar levels stable so that you don’t have all-day snack requests and little hands in the fridge and pantry all day!
Here are our favourite healthy smoothie recipes:
- Kid-Approved Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
- Thick and Creamy Triple Berry Smoothie
- Kid-Approved Tropical Green Smoothie (+ Smoothie Bowl!)
- Mango Banana Coconut Smoothie
- DIY Mocha Frappuccino Smoothie (a little more for the parents, but okay for teens, too)