I bet where you live, the summer is a fun time to cool off with a nice cold smoothie. I’m from Houston where the summers are HOT and smoothies are NOT, so for us they are a great treat and healthy way cool down. You can find smoothies at just about all fast food places these days but don’t be fooled, not all smoothies can be created equal!
Did you know people have been making smoothies for almost 100 years? In that time the process of finding new ingredients has led to the development of different types or categories of smoothies, which are divided into the following groups;
- Fruit Smoothies: A smoothie made from fruits, specifically for their sweet flavor.
- Green Smoothies: Smoothies typically dark green in color due to their use of dark vegetable greens such as spinach.
- Healthy Smoothies: Any smoothie whose aim is to optimize the amount of nutritional content, with the goal of replacing supplements and providing all of one’s daily recommended vitamins and macro-nutrients in a natural form.
- Weight Loss Smoothies: These typically exclude any added sugar (with the aim of minimizing the overall glycemic load of the smoothie), and often contain healthy fats such as flax seed or almond butter to help satiate one’s appetite. Caffeine based stimulants like green tea or coffee can also be added which further promote weight loss by both increasing metabolism and reducing appetite.
- Dessert Smoothies: Dessert smoothies typically contain added sugar or fat in the form of ice cream or syrups – many recipe books call for smoothies with either added sugar or dairy products creating a dessert like beverage, which in many cases tastes identical to a shake. These are the ones you are going to get from most stores in prepackaged form or at restaurants.
Why are Smoothies good for Kids?
I think that healthy, homemade smoothies are the fastest and easiest way to feed your child their recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Smoothies can easily provide your child with a full serving of calcium, fruit and vegetables – in just one cup. The taste is almost always sweet no matter what is in them.
Smoothies are the perfect solution for:
Picky eaters, kids on the go, active kids, children with food allergies and more importantly, busy parents!
In the summer months when fruits are readily available, smoothies are a wonderful addition to breakfast or a healthy snack.
What We Love About Smoothies
- They pull double duty: quenching thirst and satisfying hunger at the same time.
- They taste as bright and pretty as they look.
- They’re a great way to sneak more fiber and antioxidants into your kids. (But all they’ll care about is the taste.)
- They don’t require a lot of fussy ingredients.
- They give new life to overripe fruit.
- They can be easily tailored to suit individual needs. And even kids with dairy allergies can enjoy them.
- They’re a great DIY snack for older kids; younger operators will require adult supervision.
My girls just love it when they hear that smoothie blender going. They often come running in to see what kind and color concoction I have made today. My youngest is a little more timid when trying them, but my oldest will not hold back, green or not- she’s all in! I will recommend if you have a very picky eater, serving it in a fun (colored) cup and with a straw helps disguise the color better and it may work in getting them to try it.
Here is a recipe that I found online and it is an all-time-favorite here. It makes a good amount so don’t worry about enjoying some yourself, it’s all good!!
Kids Favorite Smoothie- The Butterfinger!
1 cup almond milk
3 tbsp. peanut butter
1 apple cored and cut
1 pear cored and cut
1 frozen banana
1 hand full kale
1 hand full ice cubes
Blend in blender on high until smooth. If your blender has a smoothie setting, try that! Sip and enjoy!
Watch out for next weeks post as I will share tons of summer smoothie recipes!