How to build a healthy smoothie

Gosh I really love a good, healthy smoothie and so do my kids. They’re filling, nutritious and quick and easy to make so I thought I’d share with you my tips on how to build a healthy and tasty smoothie that your kids will love.

a few tips before we get started…

It’s really beneficial to recruit your kids to help with making smoothies! They feel important and proud that they’re contributing to the family, plus the fact that they made it will mean that all of a sudden it will be the most delicious thing they’ve ever tasted.

Next, name your smoothies something fun. We make a green smoothie called “The Hulk” and a blueberry smoothie called “Frozen”… pick names that tie into whatever your kids love at that time and they’ll be so excited to make (and drink) them!

To really make your mornings easy, pre-make and freeze smoothie packs. My son loves to be involved in the kitchen and loves making his own smoothie so every morning when he wakes up, he can choose a smoothie pack from the freezer that he has helped me to prepare previously. The pack has all the smoothie ingredients in it so he just needs to add water. Having the packs on hand saves me time in the mornings and it means any half eaten fruit or leftovers from school get used up, reducing the amount of food waste (our reusable sandwich bags are great for portioning). I also love the fact that I’m nailing the fruit and vegetable recommendations first up, early in the morning!

now, let's get smoothie building!

one

CHOOSE YOUR BASE
(Around 200ml)
Water, coconut water or milk of your choice e.g. dairy, almond, soy etc

two

CHOOSE YOUR FRUIT
(One to two types)
Banana, mango, berries, apple, pear, kiwi, pineapple etc

three

CHOOSE YOUR VEGETABLES
(At least one type)
Spinach, kale, cucumpber, zucchini, cauliflower etc

four

CHOOSE YOUR PROTEIN

Nuts, seeds, yoghurt etc

five

CHOOSE YOUR HEALTHY FATS

Avocado, chia seeds, nut butters, coconut etc

six

ADD EXTRA FLAVOUR
Optional – Vanilla bean paste, vanilla, cacao, cinnamon etc

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