A long and glorious summer has finally come to a close and a new school year has begun. My kids are just about back to a routine and I am trying to do the same. That means regular postings on the blog (I shirked my responsibilities all summer in favor of playing golf . . . my apologies to everyone who patiently waited for new recipes). I plan to renew my attention to my work with increased vim and vigor!
So for the first post in a while, here are 2 recipes for healthy smoothies. I am always looking for ways to get extra fruits and vegetables into my kids diet. I am also always in need of good breakfast and snack ideas. These 2 smoothies are perfect for both (they even make a good dessert). A friend of mine (thanks Beth) recently reminded me that kids need 2 fistfuls of fruit and two of vegetables everyday. This is a great place to begin!
These smoothies are super to easy to make, use a good amount of fresh fruits, and are appealing to a majority of kids. I know this because we made these smoothies this year in cooking club, and when put to a vote, most of kids loved them both!
Mango Creamsicle Smoothie
1 ½ cup orange juice
½ cup mango puree
6-8 oz. frozen mango (Trader Joe’s sells great frozen mango)
1 large banana (I keep these in the freezer too. Peel, break them in half and put them in a ziplock bag)
Blend and enjoy!
Apple Pie Smoothie (adapted from Kitchen Konfidence)
¼ cup rolled oats
¼ cup coconut milk (or almond milk)
1-cup coconut milk (or almond milk)
½ -cup Greek yogurt
2 apples, peeled, cored, and diced
1-teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2-3 fresh dates, pitted and sliced
Ice cubes as needed (usually 5-6 works well)
In a small bowl, microwave the oats and coconut milk for about 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Blend ingredients until smooth. Add oats and blend again. Allow it to sit 1-2 minutes to thicken. Serve in a glass dusted with cinnamon.