If there is a better breakfast option for the busy, health conscious Mum, I want to know about it! Smoothies – delicious, nourishing, sustaining and quick! My kids love this portable snack option and I’m sure yours will too. There is an art to making a great smoothie…read on for my top tips…
I love making smoothies for breakfast for my kids in the summer. There is, however, a few tricks to making them delicious and kid-friendly…
- Keep it simple: Keep your smoothies simple choosing just a few key ingredients. Too much going n can lead to a smoothie that is less than delicious and hard to digest!
- Don’t go overboard with the fruit: Use two or three fruits that compliment each other such as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries or kiwi, mango and banana.
- Baby spinach is a great free to add to smoothies as it’s very mild in taste and also easier to digest than some of the other power greens which are better for you when cooked (like curly kale).
- Always add a small amount of good quality, healthy fat to make your smoothie more nourishing – coconut oil, nut butter, avocado or natural yoghurt.
- If you have superfood powders like acai or lacuma, feel free to add them in but I never worry about it for the kids – too expensive!
- Keep your bananas and berries in the freezer for extra thick and creamy smoothie goodness!
- Pour your smoothie into a bowl and upnourish it with extra goodness like granola (I hear Mamacino makes a great one!), goji berries, bee pollen, extra chopped fruit, nuts and seeds or toasted coconut. For more ideas, see this post.
My Favourite Combinations
Here are three winning combos my family loves:
Mixed Berry Smoothie
Add frozen blueberries, strawberries and raspberries along with a frozen banana to your blender. Add a spoonful of acai (if you have some), a tsp of honey, a dollop of natural yoghurt and some full cream organic milk (or 1 T coconut oil and 300mls of coconut water for dairy free) before blitzing until smooth and creamy.
If no one is looking, you can add a small handful of spinach leaves here and no one will ever know the difference!
Almond + Avo Green Smoothie
Add to your blender 1/2 an avocado, a handful of greens (baby spinach, cos lettuce or cavolo nero) a handful of chopped pineapple, the flesh of a mango and a frozen banana. Top with (homemade is much nicer) almond milk and blitz until creamy.
A spoonful of almond butter is delicious here and gives you a bit of a protein kick.
Caramel Banana Smoothie
This is a great smoothie for beginners because it tastes like a caramel milkshake! Simply add 2 frozen bananas, 2-3 pitted medjool dates, a tsp of lacuna powder (if you have it), a drizzle of maple syrup and a spoonful of nut or coconut butter to your blender and top with the milk of your choice (coconut, rice, almond or full cream dairy all work well here). Blitz until rich and creamy.
A spoon full of oats can ‘fill out’ a smoothie a bit for an extra energy boost for hungry little people.
What’s your favourite smoothie combo? I’d love to know!
There are more great smoothie ideas in my eBook Kids in the Kitchen which you can check out here.
Love Mamacino x
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