This meal-worthy smoothie is easy, nutrient-packed and delicious. Smoothies are a great meal choice for kids, because they’re so easy to make and they’re packed with nutrition. Bonus: your kids can help make them!
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 (like this banana date smoothie), 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).