Sometimes, well, most of the time, it is extremely hard to make food that your entire family enjoys. The more children you have, the harder it gets to make them all happy, keep them well fed, and well nourished. I have your solution, smoothies! You put a straw in something and picky eaters are instantly attracted to it and will always ask for more. The great thing about smoothies is that your picky eaters don’t need to know everything that’s in them. Parenting is hard enough as it is without needing to worry about if your children are getting all the nutrients they need, which makes smoothies a great way to sneak in some extra nutrients which your children won’t eat on their own. Mommy Authority is a great source of information and support to learn about nutrition and keeping your family healthy. Below are some tasty smoothie recipes the whole family will definitely be able to enjoy together.
The ‘Basic’ Smoothie
- 1 – 2 stalks of organic celery stalk cut into pieces
- 1 cup of organic baby spinach
- ½ – 1 cup berries (organic if possible)
- 1 cup of water or “Silk” almond milk or alternate milk of choice
- Ice to thicken
- 1 scoop of a protein powder – plant based
- Ground flax seeds – male (1 tbsp.) female (1 – 2 tbsp.)
Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. You can add ½ a green apple, ½ banana, or ½ a pear if you are trying to maintain your weight, or training and want to gain weight. If you are trying to lose weight, you can leave out that extra fruit and keep your portions small.
The ‘Keep You Young’ Smoothie
- 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
- 4 frozen strawberries
- 1 1/2 frozen bananas
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 2 pitted dates
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1+ cup non-dairy milk or water
You should plan ahead and freeze the bananas peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks for this recipe. You can use unfrozen bananas but they won’t have the same effect. Blend all the ingredients until completely creamy and smooth. Depending if you want it to be thick like ice cream or more drinkable, you can add water to desired consistency. Add it in small amounts and blend, so you don’t add too much. It is best when served immediately and can be garnished with chia seeds, walnuts, or whole berries.
The ‘Creamsicle’ Smoothie
- 1 can orange juice concentrate, slightly thawed
- 1 cup milk (half and half, cream, nut milk, soy milk, vegan milk, etc.)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups ice, or to taste
- 1 to 2 ounces of Rum, Malibu, Vodka, Citron, Marshmallow Vodka, Gran Marnier or similar, per smoothie portion, or to taste – optional for mom and dad only.
Combine all the ingredients except the ice and optional alcohol in a blender. Making sure the sugar is dissolving, blend until smooth and creamy. You can add a splash of more water or milk if you would like it to be thinner. After everything is combined, add the ice and blend until smooth. It’s the best if you serve it immediately.
The ‘Blueberry Pie’ Smoothie
- 12 ounces frozen blueberries – do not thaw
- 1 medium or large ripe banana (ideally peeled and frozen in chunks)
- About 1 cup blueberry, grape, cherry, or pomegranate juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Sweetener, to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a blender, except the juice. You should only add about half of it and add more as needed to reach desired consistency. You should blend until it is creamy and smooth. It may take a while since blueberries take longer to break down. You should enjoy it immediately but leftovers can be stored in the freezer in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Let it soften at room temperature before serving.
As you can see, smoothies can be made healthy or more like a sugary sweet dessert. They are very versatile and can be eaten for breakfast, right before a workout, or as a dessert. They can even be made special for adults by adding some alcohol as well. But the best thing about smoothies is that you can’t really mess them up. Go look in your refrigerator pick out some of your favorite fruits and vegetables and get creative. I’m sure it will be delicious.