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Nutritious, delicious and packed full of colour and fun, smoothies are a great way for kids to get their daily five-a-day dose of fruit and vegetables. The beauty of smoothies is how easy they are – simply throw the ingredients into a blender and whizz together.
The options are endless, with possible ingredients including fruit, vegetables, nuts, milk, cream, yoghurt, cereals and spices. Smoothies are great for kids who are picky eaters or families with active and busy lifestyles. Here are six of the best smoothie recipes for kids.
1. Summer Fruits Smoothie
This is a great seasonal smoothie which tastes particularly tasty if you’ve picked the fruits yourself. Check out where your nearest fruit-picking farm is and gather the ingredients as soon as you can!
Ingredients: 2 cups strawberries, 1 cup raspberries, 1 cup blackberries, 1 cup milk, 1 cup natural yoghurt, 10 ice cubes.
Wash fruits, reserving some for topping. Blend ingredients until smooth. Top with fruits.
2. Banana and Cocoa Smoothie
If you think that the presence of cocoa in this smoothie makes it unhealthy for your children then you are wrong!
Cocoa contains the best of the B vitamins – B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12 and misses out all the beastly ones. The fact that cocoa is used in so many beauty products shows how beneficial it is for the body and skin.
Cocoa is associated with sleep-inducing drinks which you sip late at night and bananas also have sleep-inducing properties since they are rich in tryptophan. This means that a banana and cocoa smoothie is the perfect choice of drink for excitable young children.
Ingredients: 4 bananas, 4 tablespoons cocoa powder, 2 cups milk.
To make: Peel bananas and cut a couple of slices for topping. Blend ingredients until smooth. Top with sliced banana.
3. Nutty Smoothie
This is a delicious smoothie made from nutritious nuts, yummy vanilla and sweet honey. Nuts are high in healthy fats, proteins and fibres and as they fill you up quickly they are great for sating kids’ appetites.
Ingredients: 2 bananas, 1 cup milk, 1 cup natural yoghurt, ½ cup nuts (e.g. walnuts, pistachios, pecans), 2 teaspoons honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Reserve a few nuts for topping. Blend ingredients until smooth. Top with nuts.
4. Warming Apple and Cinnamon Smoothie
This is a hearty smoothie which is too good just to drink on colder wintry days – it can cheer you up on those rainy British days too!
Ingredients: 2 large apples, 2 cups milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon.
Core, peel and chop apple into chunks. Reserve ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Blend ingredients until smooth and dust with ½ teaspoon cinnamon on top. For extra health benefits, blend in some of the peel too – the peel is packed with antioxidants and fibre.
5. Go Green Smoothie
Your kids will feel as strong as Popeye after they have drained a glass of this deliciously healthy smoothie.
Ingredients: 2 bananas, 2 kiwis, 1 cup natural yoghurt, 6 cups spinach, 10 ice cubes.
Reserve a little spinach for topping. Peel bananas and blend ingredients until smooth. Top with spinach.
6. Tropical Smoothie
Why not let your kids toast summer with a totally-tropical creamy coconut smoothie containing mango and pineapple for sunshine flavour.
Ingredients: 1 mango, 1 banana, 100 g pineapple chunks, 100 ml coconut milk.
Peel banana and mango, and chop into chunks. Reserve some mango for topping. Blend ingredients until smooth and top with mango pieces.
Once you’ve tried making these smoothies you can try swapping some of the ingredients around to come up with new and exciting recipes!
James Christie writes for Baker Ross. Visit www.bakerross.co.uk for some great craft ideas for kids.
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