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Smoothies: A Recipe for Kids Nutrition

Ray from 'Health Issues' wrote this awesome article about smoothies and kids. Thought it would be great to post on our site as well!

Kids are a hard lot to feed. You try to tell them that they have to eat right, and they do quite the opposite, especially if there are chips and other junk food around.

Now shakes and smoothies are a different matter – which is why you should utilize the advantages of these kinds of beverages. Rich and healthy smoothies can be downed by your child, not knowing that they just had something they wouldn’t normally eat on a plate.

Why do kids and parents love smoothies so much? Well, just take a look at this list of benefits:

- Smoothies, especially when served in tall, smoothie glasses, look very attractive and appetizing.

- Uses simple and easy to find ingredients.

- You can use over ripe fruits and no one would know the difference.

- It’s an ideal snack in between meals.

- Recipes are flexible to account for each one’s personal needs and preferences. For example, even kids who are lactose intolerant can enjoy this beverage by substituting milk with yogurt or soy milk.

- It’s a great way to get kids to load up on fiber and antioxidants that their body needs.

There are a variety of delicious and healthy recipes to choose from. Just open your copy of “Sensational Smoothies: Drink Your Way To Health Deliciously” to realize the endless combinations you can make.

I am a mom of 2, so one thing I have learned is to never leave the kitchen empty of smoothie ingredients. I always have yogurt, milk and fruit in my fridge so that whenever I can hear my kids’ tummies grumbling even from afar, I can always whip up a batch of their favorite smoothies.

Here are some surefire kid-friendly smoothie recipes that will leave your kids asking for more:

- Bananas are usually one of the most common fruits used for a smoothie. The simplest recipe for this just has 3 ingredients: 1 banana (cut up and frozen – to bring out its natural sweetness), 1 to 2 cups of milk, and 1 to 2 ice cubes (preferably crushed). You can opt to put in ¼ teaspoon of vanilla. Blend for about 30 to 45 seconds and serve immediately, while still cold.

- A strawberry banana smoothie has the following ingredients: 10 oz. fresh strawberries (stems removed), 2 frozen bananas, 2 to 3 tablespoons of honey, a cup of ice cubes and ¾ cup of milk. Blend and process until smooth. Serve.

- For the chocolate and/or peanut butter aficionado, blend 1 cup of vanilla yogurt, 2 teaspoons of peanut butter, ½ a cup of milk, ¼ cup of ice, 1 cut-up banana, and ¼ cup of chocolate chips. Blend and process. Serve immediately.

- You can also blend 1 cut and pitted frozen mango with ¼ cup of orange juice. Blend it for 30 seconds or until smooth.

- Slice 1 whole peach and add ½ cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Process in a blender. Add 4 ice cubes and blend until the ice crystals are nearly gone. Add 3 tablespoons of vanilla yogurt and a cup of peach yogurt to enhance the peachy flavor. Blend for a couple of minutes and serve immediately.

- A kiddie power smoothie can have the following ingredients: 1 frozen banana, ¼ shredded wheat cereal (wheat germ or some protein powder can be used as substitutes), and ¼ cup of milk. Blend all ingredients and serve.

- For the orange lover, blend 1 cup of orange juice, 2 scoops of ice cream, 1 and ½ teaspoon of sugar, 1 cup milk and 1 cup of regular yogurt. Blend for about a minute or so until well-mixed. Pour into cups and chill for 10 minutes before serving.

The best thing about smoothies is letting your imagination run wild. Be free to create your own smoothie recipes while letting your child enjoy the healthy, life-giving benefits of a drink that makes him happy and – though he may not know it – healthy. If you are on the look out for amazing diet smoothie recipes, do check out “Sensational Smoothies: Drink Your Way To Health Deliciously”. This amazing ebook contains over 180 smoothie recipes designed to keep you fit and happy. The recipes featured are kitchen tested and have been certified to taste as good as they are healthy.

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