If you haven’t heard, there’s been something of a “juicing” craze going on for the past few years. And for good reason: It’s an easy way to load up on healthy fruits and veggies! But one thing juicing tends not to include that is very important in the way of a full meal is protein. Also, hate to break it to you, but your school-aged children are most likely not going to be too thrilled about slugging down your bright green concoction. Keep your little ones filled with healthy foods in a way that fits into your on-the-go needs: with smoothies. Here are three ways to curb hunger, nourish, and keep them fueled at any time of day.
Berries are a long-standing smoothie staple. They’re delicious, they are packed full of nutrients, including tons of B vitamins; vitamin C; potassium; and fiber, and contain fiber which helps to keep you full. An added bonus is that they freeze beautifully, which means you can pop frozen berries right into your smoothies, eliminating the need for ice and ensuring the smoothly is full of flavor, rather than water. You’ll need:
- 1.5 cups of frozen berries
- 1 cup of milk (anything goes – try almond milk, coconut milk, or regular ole’ cows milk)
- 1 banana
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
Pop everything in your blender of choice and serve. Add more or less milk to bring it to the consistency you like. For a twist, pop leftovers in the freezer for a few hours for a healthy and delicious frozen treat!
This smoothie is perfect for breakfast or dessert. It’s loaded with protein to keep your kids going and curb off hunger, but also offers the perfect bit of sweet and richness to make you feel like you’re eating (drinking) something decadent. You’ll need:
- 2 bananas
- 2 cups of your choice of milk
- ½ cup of peanut butter
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 Tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder
Simply put everything in the blender and serve. If you prefer a sweeter smoothie, add a bit of honey or agave to taste.
This smoothie just tastes like summer! Try it for an afternoon cooler or to simply refresh on hot days. The coconut water is full of potassium (more than bananas, even!) and perfect for rehydration. You’ll need:
- 2 cups of frozen strawberries
- 12 ounces coconut water
- ½ cup almond or coconut milk
- 1 cup Greek yogurt (plain, lime, or coconut)
- Juice and zest from one lime
Pop everything in the blender and serve. Adjust the coconut water to make it thicker or thinner to taste. You can also add in some unsweetened shredded coconut to amp it up!
Add a bit more “healthy” to your smoothies by sneaking in some veggies – your kids will never know! Cucumbers are great for hydration, carrot juice is so sweet that it pairs beautifully with just about anything, as does beet juice.