Smoothies are a delicious way to ensure your kids are getting nutritionally-packed foods into one glass. Load them with fruits, vegetables, oats and other healthy ingredients, to give your kids the energy they need to see them through the day. These 7 healthy smoothie recipes are sure to be a hit in the flavour department and are easy ways to incorporate fresh fruit and vegetables into your kids’ diet.
Peanut Butter and Oats Smoothie
Photo credit: Chef Savvy
Pressed for time in the morning? This smoothie comes together quickly with only a few simple ingredients and can be made in minutes!
The combination of creamy peanut butter, bananas and oats makes this smoothie one that is fibre-packed and loaded with protein, perfect for hectic mornings when you are rushing your kids off to school. If your kid loves his smoothies cold, keep them chilled for at least six hours with a Thermos® Tumbler.
- Soy Milk, ½ cup (120ml)
- Peanut Butter, 2 tablespoons
- Whole Banana, 1
- Old Fashioned Oats (Rolled Oats), ¼ cup (about 38 grams)
Instruction: Blend for 30 seconds, stir well and blend again for 1 minute.
Recipe courtesy of Chef Savvy.
Blueberry Peach Smoothie
Photo credit: One Lovely Life
Chock-full of natural colour, nutrients and sweetness, what’s there not to love about this blueberry peach smoothie? Blend up your favourite fresh or frozen berries, with yogurt and some ice to create a delicious and refreshing smoothie that your kids will love at any time of the day.
- Orange Juice
- Collagen, Chia Seeds or Hemp Seeds, 1-2 tablespoons
- Optional: Honey, 1 tablespoon (to sweeten the smoothie)
- Optional: Ice cubes
Instruction: Prepare the fruits, either fresh or frozen. Slice them, and blitz them up in a blender till smoothie consistency.
Recipe courtesy of Emily from One Lovely Life.
Photo credit: She Knows
Getting your kids to eat vegetables can be a challenge, but sneaking them into delicious smoothies usually works, even for the fussiest eater! The Sunshine Smoothie is a great way to include veggies and fruit into your kid’s smoothie. The sweetness from the carrots works well with the pineapple and mango chunks, and gets its creaminess from protein-packed Greek yogurt.
- Baby Carrots, ½ cup
- Orange Juice, ½ cup
- Frozen Pineapple Chunks, 1 cup
- Frozen Mango Chunks, ½ cup
- Plain Greek Yogurt¾ cup
- Honey, 1 tablespoon
Instruction: Simply add all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. If you find the consistency to be too thick, add small amounts of milk or water.
Recipe courtesy of Corey Family Fresh Meals Valley.
Healthy Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie
Photo credit: Platings and Pairings
This smoothie is a healthy take on a strawberry shortcake. It is dairy free, loaded with fresh fruit and natural protein, and will keep your kid’s tummy happy.
This recipe uses coconut milk, giving your smoothie that extra silky and decadent texture. Throw in some nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla extract to incorporate the flavours of baking spices that you’d typically find in a shortcake.
- Frozen Strawberries, 1 cup
- Frozen Banana, 1
- Light Coconut Milk from the can, 1 and ¾ cups
- Unsalted Almond Butter, ¼ cup
- Pure Vanilla Extract, 1 teaspoon
- Ground Cinnamon, 1 teaspoon
- Ground Nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon
- Chia Seeds, 2 tablespoons
Instruction: Simply add all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
Recipe courtesy of Erin from Platings + Pairings.
Black Forest Smoothie
Photo credit: My Darling Vegan
If your kids are craving for a dessert, why not serve up this decadent and rich Black Forest Smoothie instead? This smoothie combines the natural sweetness of cherries, bananas and dates. Not only does it deliver on the flavour, it is also nutrients packed with superfoods like cacao, coconut and spinach.
- Non-Dairy Milk, 2 cups
- Frozen Banana, 1 (large)
- Frozen Cherries, 1 cup
- Cacao Powder, 3 tablespoons
- Medjool Dates, 8 large (pitted)
- Spinach, 1 large handful
- Toppings: Cacao Nibs, Shredded Coconut, Cherries, Coconut Whipped Cream
Instruction: In a blender, blend all ingredients together until smooth. Top with your desired toppings and serve immediately
Recipe courtesy of My Darling Vegan.
“Chocolate” Milkshake Smoothie
A healthy twist on the classic chocolate milkshake, this smoothie is creamy yet healthy as it is packed full of goodness without the added sugars of store-bought chocolate shakes. What really makes the recipe shine is the avocado – creating a silky texture and thickness we all associate with milkshakes without the unnecessary heaviness.
- Avocado, ¼
- Frozen Banana, ½
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, 1 tablespoon
- Almond or other Nut Milk, 4 oz (about 120ml)
Instruction: Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.
Recipe courtesy of The Stay-at-Home-Mom Survival Guide.
Apple Pie Smoothie Shake
Photo credit: Blender Babes
Sugar, spice and everything nice, which kid wouldn’t love an apple pie? Hearty and mildly sweet, this Apple Pie Smoothie combines the classic flavours of apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and cashew nuts. It also brings back memories of everything kids love about a great slice of apple pie – warm, buttery apples with a hint of cinnamon, and served with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream.
This smoothie satisfies the need for a slice of pie without having to bake one and minus the guilt!
- Almond Milk, 1 cup (about 240ml)
- Cinnamon, 1 and ½ teaspoons
- Nutmeg, ½ teaspoon
- Medjool Dates, 5 (large, soaked and pitted)
- Raisins, 2 tablespoons
- Sweet Apples like Fuji, 4 (medium to large)
- Tahini, 1 tablespoon
- Cashew Butter, 1 tablespoon
- Vanilla, 2 teaspoons
- Frozen Banana, 1 (large and ripe)
- Ice Cubes, 1 cup
Instruction: Add all ingredients to your blender and blend for about 1 minute or until smooth.
Recipe courtesy of Blender Babes.
Worried about your smoothie turning warm too quickly? Serve your smoothies in a Stainless Steel Vacuum-Insulated Tumbler Cup that ensures your favourite beverage stay cold longer for maximum enjoyment of at least 1 hour.