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Protein Power Kid-friendly Smoothie

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.

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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.

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Protein Power Kid-Friendly Smoothie

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, paleo and vegan friendly. It makes one serving, so multiply the ingredients to feed more people.
Course Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 266 kcal
Author Jereann Zann - Celiac Mama

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Barney Butter Bare Smooth Almond Butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana pre-sliced

Instructions

  1. Combine the ingredients in your blender.
  2. Blend on high until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  3. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Protein Power Kid-Friendly Smoothie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 266 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 165mg 7%
Potassium 450mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 8g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin C 6.2%
Calcium 26.1%
Iron 6.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.