Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Fruit Smoothies

I decided that Wednesday is going to be my Recipe Day. I'll try to post a kid-friendly recipe (hopefully something they won't wine about or gag on) every Wednesday, but some weeks I might not have anything. Those would be good weeks for my contributors (and wanna-be contributors) to post there own recipe (hint! hint!).

On my post about eating healthy, I made a comment that I often make fruit smoothies in an attempt to get make crazy non-fruit eating children to ingest some of the healthy, yummy goodness that is fruit. Someone requested that I post my recipe. So, here they are (I have two). There's really nothing fancy about them.

Mixed Berry Smoothie
  • handful of fresh or frozen mixed berries
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • splash of orange juice
  • half a banana

blend until fruit and ice cubes are crushed and mixed.

Yogurt Smoothie

  • 2-3 large spoonfuls of plain or vanilla yogurt
  • handful of berries (any kind you want)
  • half a banana

blend until fruit is crushed and ingredients are mixed

*Keep in mind that I use a Magic Bullet, which is a lot smaller than a regular blender. So, you may need to adjust your measurements.

*For both these recipes, you really can add whatever fruit you want and how much of it you want. I really just throw stuff together.

Great Idea

My sister had a really good idea. You can buy trays for making your own pop-sickles. My mom got some at Ikea (Good luck finding them on the website. I tried and failed. Let me know if you find them.), and they're really fun because they're tall like a real pop-sickle. Others I've seen are short and squat. Anyway, my sister's idea was to make fruit smoothies and make them into pop-sickles. It sounds delicious and fun for the kids to help make. That might be a fun summer activity.

I'd love for you to post your favorite smoothie recipe in the comments. Maybe one or two will make it in a later post.


Mardee Rae said...

Hey, ever since you posted this I've been craving smoothies, and tonight we finally made them. Yum! And an easy way to get some nutrients into the kids.
Once for Joyschool one of our activities was making smoothies. The instructions said to lay out several ingredients and let each child pick a few to go into the blender, i.e.: fruits, yogurts, ice, milk, honey, avocado, carrots, 'nilla wafers, food coloring, anything you could put in a blender.
The smoothie wasn't that bad, and the kids had so much fun getting to choose and experiment and talk about how each thing changed the finished product. We didn't drink it ALL (actually, I quite liked it), but it was really fun and made an impression on the kids.

Amy Jason said...

Ever since we got our vitamix blender we have been smoothie finatics! We love them and have at least one a day, sometimes more. We love to start our day with a smoothie and they are awesome because the whole family loves them! A couple things I put in mine besides the regular fruit and juice, is spinach and flax. I fill it FULL (seriously, I fill it to the top) of spinach and add juice. I blend that down and then add everything else. I also add a tablespoon of flax seed mill. I promise your family will never know that you have put spinach in there (except for the color of the smoothie). A good way to cover up the flower is to put some blueberries or rasberries in there. Try it out and let me know!