THIS MEAL-WORTHY SMOOTHIE IS EASY, NUTRIENT-PACKED AND DELICIOUS
Our blender gets a lot of love in our house – smoothies happen almost every day in the Spring and Summer (and even Fall). We like to make them for lunch, and pair them with a wrap or sandwich, or bulk them up enough to have them on their own.
Smoothies are a great meal choice for kids, because they’re so easy to make (kids can help or depending on age, even do it themselves!), but also because you can jam-pack them full of nutrient-dense ingredients like fresh or frozen fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds, nut or seed butters, legumes (like lentils), whole grains (like oats), yogurt, and milk. I don’t ever use protein powder – not because I’m opposed to them, but because my protein-packed smoothies simply don’t need it! I also don’t add sugar, honey, maple syrup or any other sweetener. I find that fruit sweetens our smoothies naturally (bananas especially) and we occasionally use vanilla flavoured Greek yogurt, which adds some sweetness too.
We decided to try this smoothie two ways – classic smoothie-style and smoothie bowl-style. Both equally nutritious, delicious and fun to eat (or…drink).
Check out how my daughter and I made it together:
Kid-Approved Tropical Green Smoothie:
Ingredients (2-3 servings):
- 1 cup frozen tropical fruit
- 1 banana
- big handful of fresh spinach
- 1/4 cup coconut
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 3/4 cup milk of choice
- Throw all ingredients into a good quality blender and blend until smooth! Add more milk if needed (smoothie bowls are better with a thicker consistency)
- To drink as a smoothie, pour into a large cup and add a straw! For a smoothie bowl, pour into a bowl and add toppings of choice (we added raspberries, banana, chia seeds and shredded coconut).