Smoothies are considered a food group in my house. We all have a smoothie with greens every morning for breakfast. Even my dog loves to eat the broccoli stems! My kids know they can’t have anything else to eat until the smoothie is gone. Why? Because it is packed with the nutrients they need to be energized, to fuel their brain at school and keep them satisfied until lunch.
The best part! They are consuming a ton of veggies they normally wouldn’t care to eat made another way. #MOMWIN Get the kids involved! My 9 year old takes pride in her smoothies, especially when they are pink, which only makes her more excited to make and experiment with them!
My Go To Summer Smoothie
(this serves both my kids)
1/3 c Frozen Dragon Fruit
1/3 c Frozen Mango
Half of a Cucumber
Two handfuls of Frozen Kale
Two handfuls of Frozen Spinach
1/2 an Avocado
1 tsp Spirulina Powder(optional but makes the smoothie a bright green color kids will love)
1 tsp Chlorella Powder(optional)
1 cup Almond Milk or Coconut Water
1 scoop Plant Based Protein Powder (optional)
We love to mix up our smoothie ingredients to keep our taste buds from getting bored. Below are some additional fruit and veggie combination ideas!
· Strawberries, Blueberries and Raspberries, Beet Root
· Kale, Cilantro, Pineapple and Ginger
· Romaine, Spinach, Orange and Banana
· Cucumber, Celery, Apple, Pear
Smoothie Making Tips
1– Steam and freeze cauliflower florets to add for extra creaminess.
2– Buy fresh fruit and greens in bulk then wash and place into a 1 or 2 gallon bag and freeze. No need to add ice which only waters down your smoothie. Frozen fruit and veggies keep your smoothie thicker and cold plus you won’t have to worry about them going bad.
3– Need more liquid? Use filtered water, coconut water or more milk of choice. We choose not to use juice in order to keep the sugar content down.
4– Make smoothies fun for kids by turning them into smoothie bowls! Mix it up with different toppings like coconut shreds, fruit, granola, chia and flax seeds or nuts.
5– If you find your greens are not blending completely try blending them first with just your liquid then adding in the fruit.
6 – Many of the nutrients found in the fruits and veggies in your smoothie are fat-soluble so they need some sort of fat source for ideal absorption by the body.Coconut oil, avocado, nut butters or hemp seeds are all good nutrient packed options!
Enjoy! Share your favorite smoothie recipes with us by tagging us on social @desert_moms Happy Sipping!