How to Make Smoothies for your Child

Before we go to free smoothie recipes, let’s first define what a smoothie is. Basically, a smoothie is a blended drink that is made using a food blender (or sometimes a smoothie maker – which is also a blender with a small tap up front). Also, smoothies are usually associated with whole fruits, and not juice its juices.

Some things to remember (and some pointers, mostly based on my and other friends’ personal experiences) before making smoothies:

  • Wash the fruit before using.
  • Cut it up first to make blending easier. Also, this is a good way for you to check the fruit for seeds and other unnecessary fruit parts (like the skin) so that you won’t get to eat them.
  • Use frozen fruit in your smoothies. Smoothies are meant to be taken cold. This would normally add to the iciness of your drink. Also, there are some fruits that when frozen, become endowed with more sugar than usual. You can just freeze your fruits ahead of time in preparation fro your smoothie-making.
  • To maximize the full health benefits, your smoothie should be taken right away.
  • Other nutritious elements can be added to your smoothie by putting in non-fat yoghurt and/or milk instead of just plain juice, some bran cereal, whey, honey, royal jelly and the like.

Some Smoothie Recipes You Can Try

One of my favorites would be a strawberry smoothie I always make for my kids. This just serves one, so I double the ingredients when it calls for a second serving.

Ingredients:
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup of cottage cheese (optional, but so much better when included)
  • 2/3 cup of frozen strawberries (I freeze them overnight before using them)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Steps:
  1. Blend all of the ingredients from 45 seconds to a minute or until the mixture is smooth.

  2. Pour into a glass and serve.

Mangoes are a seasonal fruit. So when I see them on fruit stands, I make sure that I get some for some heavenly tropical mango smoothies.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of diced mangoes
  • 1 cup of plain non-fat (or vanilla) yoghurt
  • ½ cup of crushed ice
Steps:
  1. Process all three ingredients for about 30 seconds or until well-blended/smooth.

  2. If the mixture is too thick, you can add a little milk.

  3. Serve while cold.

My aunt makes this wonderful banana smoothie every time there’s a family occasion celebrated at their house. Below is the recipe she taught me. This makes 2 servings only, but again, you can add more ingredients if you have a bigger blender (or if you’re expecting more company).

Ingredients:
  • 1 cups of skim milk
  • 2 chopped bananas
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • ½ cup of plain (or vanilla) yoghurt
  • ½ tablespoon of cinnamon
  • A couple of ice cubes
Steps:
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

  2. Pour into glasses. Best served while cold.

Lastly, I give my kids an occasional chocolate smoothie, especially after a job well done.

Ingredients:
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1 chopped banana
  • 6 ounces of chocolate ice cream
  • 150 mL of chocolate milk
Steps:
  1. Crush the ice cubes.

  2. Place other ingredients along with the crushed ice in a blender and blend until smooth.

  3. Pour into a glass.

  4. Swirl on some chocolate syrup and dust the top with some cocoa powder.

Smoothies are a wonderful way of putting in some quality, bonding time with your family. Experiment with other fruits and liquids until you find the perfect match.