Most mornings my sons start their day off with a smoothie. I’ll often make extra in the warmer months and pour the leftovers into popsicle molds – a much better alternative than the sugar-filled commercial frozen treats.
Why are smoothies great for growing kids?
Because you can pack a whole lot of goodness into these drinks! When my sons were younger I had more control over their food choices. As teenagers it’s a little tougher, but with a smoothie in the morning and healthy dinners in the evening I can stress a little less at what they might consume during the day. (Read my other tips about feeding kids healthy food here.)
You can read this blog post for some of the favourites within my practice, but most mornings it’s a pretty quick and easy recipe before my sons are dashing out the door to school:
- 1-2 bananas
- 1 scoop or protein powder (I always opt for something that is a vegan product as I don’t like whey or soy proteins)
- 1/2cup – 1cup frozen fruit (whatever we have! Berries are a consistent favourite)
- Add water or orange juice to cover
- Blend it in a Vitamix & pour!