A little boost of antioxidants is a great snack in between meals, or as a dessert after dinner. My boys jump for joy and race to the freezer to get frozen berries when I ask if they want to make a smoothie.
What I have also found is that it is a great way to get nutrition into them when they are not feeling the best. Even if we are hopefully nearing the end of the cold and flu season, it is still a good idea to keep at the back of ones mind. I often struggle to get much solids into them if they have a bit of a temperature or a feeling a bit under the weather. But they have to be very ill to not want a good smoothie.
These are so easy to make too, and there is no real need for a recipe. You use what you have at hand. I recommend to use some frozen berries though for the consistency of the smoothie. If you have fresh berries, you can decorate with that or add some of them too.
I also use these smoothies if we need to tie them over in between meals. They can be rather filling for small tummies.
300 grams frozen blueberries
200 ml apple juice
100 ml soy milk
200 ml oats yogurt with strawberry flavor
If you want to add nutrition to the smoothie, you can add a couple of tablespoons of chia seeds as well. This will add omega-3 and fiber to the smoothie and the kids wont’t know the difference.
You can of course swap the yogurt and soy milk for normal dairy products and the result will be just as good.
Put everything into a blender and mix well for 60 seconds. Pour into glasses and enjoy.
I use glasses with lids and straws for the boys to avoid too much spillage. Especially with a blueberry version. Using straws in general is a hit with my boys when serving smoothies.
Involve your kids:
Use the opportunity for a little lecture on kitchen hygiene. I always send my boys off to wash their hands before they are allowed to pull their chairs over to help. I do this irregardless of if it is 2 minutes or 2 hours since they last washed their hands, just to make it a subconscious given that they clean their hands before handling food. It is also an easy way to reinforce this as they really want to help out, ensuring there is a small reward for doing what they are supposed to.
The smoothie is super easy to make and very easy for the kids to help make too.
Let them get the ingredients from the fridge, freezer and counter.
My 4 year old has gotten his own pair of scissors, so he will happily open the bag of frozen berries and pour into the blender.
I normally have to help peel the banana, but then the kids can put the in the blender too.
With a little assistance, all kids can help pour the juice, yogurt and milk into the blender. Amounts are not rigid with a smoothie anyway.