I can’t say enough positive things about smoothies – we just love them in our house. They’re cool and refreshing on a hot day, which we have a ton of in Florida. But the main reason I love making them for my kids is because I find smoothies are an easy way to incorporate healthy ingredients that I want them to eat with minimal prep time. My kids love the way they taste too, so it’s a win win.
I’m always experimenting and trying new ingredient and flavor combinations to keep things interesting, and the ingredients often depend on what I have handy at home at the moment. Here are some tips that I have when making kid-friendly smoothies to maximize the health factor.
- Include green leafy vegetables like spinach because they’re rich in nutrients that the gluten free diet can lack (learn more about vitamin deficiencies and the gf diet).
- Pineapple and banana both mask the taste of spinach, kale, and other green veggies making them kid friendly, so they’re good to keep on hand.
- For a protein boost, mix in nut butters like almond butter or peanut butter or use nut milks like almond and cashew milk.
Our favorite smoothie at the moment is a protein packed smoothie that we’ve been enjoying at breakfast or snack time. It has 8 grams of protein and it’s full of flavor. Actually, the taste reminds me of eating peanut butter cups as a kid. But, with all that flavor it only contains three simple ingredients! In fact, it’s so easy to make that I bet many of your kids could make it all by themselves. I’m calling it the Protein Power Kid-friendly Smoothie and sharing the recipe so you can enjoy it too.
Protein Power Kid-Friendly Smoothie
- 2 tbsp Barney Butter Bare Smooth Almond Butter
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 frozen banana pre-sliced
- Combine the ingredients in your blender.
- Blend on high until smooth, about 2 minutes.