Summer has arrived and that means it’s time to pack away those winter jumpers, pull out the flip-flops and starting planning some fresh, healthy meals and Smoothies to enjoy with your family on those warm July evenings.
A great place to start is with some fun little snacks to keep your kids’ tummies full and happy on hot days. Although they’ll probably be clamouring for ice cream, a fantastic alternative is a fruit-packed smoothie like the five listed below.
On a related note, if you’re seeking ultimate ease in the smoothie-making department, consider investing in a good blender. It’s one of those small kitchen appliances you’ll find yourself using constantly if you love soup, smoothies, pesto, sauces and curries.
The Baby Carrot Blend
Blend three baby carrots with one banana, one peach, a few strawberries and a tablespoon of honey. Top up this mixture with the milk of your choice and hand to the nearest thirsty toddler — they’ll love the sweet fruity flavour!
The Superfood Supreme
The kale, blueberries, Greek yoghurt and spirulina powder in this smoothie will give your kids a hit of immune-boosting nutrients and protein. Combine one cup of frozen, chopped kale leaves with half a cup of blueberries, one banana and a few strawberries. Add a cup of milk and a healthy dollop of Greek yoghurt, then finish with a teaspoon of spirulina powder and blend everything together.
The Vegan Variety
If you have a child who can’t (or won’t!) drink milk, don’t worry — simply substitute normal milk for the coconut variety. Start this smoothie by peeling, slicing and freezing a banana. When that’s ready to go, blend it with some skinned chunks of mango, a large handful of strawberries, and one cup of coconut milk. It’s a dairy-free delight.
The Breakfast Berry Blaster
For this recipe, you’ll need a bag of frozen mixed berries. Pour out a couple of cups and combine in a blender with an equal amount of strawberry yoghurt. Add milk and a little honey (if you fancy it) and then blend the mixture. Stir in a small handful of porridge oats and you have a tasty, filling breakfast smoothie perfect for kids of all ages.
The Summer Fruit Sensation
Take the flesh of one plum, one peach and one nectarine and blend with some Greek yoghurt and blueberries. Your kids will adore the sweet summer flavours!
Nutritious and refreshing, the kids will love these smoothies. You’ll even find yourself reaching for them instead of the ice cream!