Mornings can be a crazy time with getting everyone up, fed and out the door on time. Smoothies are a great way to ensure everyone leaves the house with a healthy start to their day. Whether it be a picky eater, a vegetarian/vegan or anyone else with dietary restrictions, everyone loves smoothies.
When my daughter decided to become a vegetarian, I used our morning smoothie to get her to consume as many nutrients possible before she left for school. I tried to make it prior to her getting out of bed so she wouldn’t see what I was putting in it. Though it didn’t quite matter as she managed to pick out all the tiny green pieces anyway. We experimented with a lot of different fruits, some veggies/herbs, fish oil, hemp seeds, chia seeds… you name it, I added it to our smoothies. Did she drink them? Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
Here are a few tips to get the most out of your morning smoothie. Give them a try and you won’t have to worry about your kids leaving the house hungry and malnourished in the morning:
. Choose fruit you know everyone likes. I always recommend starting with berries- strawberries, raspberries or blueberries are all good options.
. Add some healthy fats, a tablespoon of coconut oil or avocado will do the trick. Depending on what type of smoothie your family likes a tablespoon of nut or seed butter will also work well. Theses will also add some protein.
. Add proteins like silken tofu or Greek yogurt (choose plant-based if your child is vegan) to get a smooth creamy texture.
. Instead of water, use soy milk to increase the protein content as it contains the most protein of all non-dairy beverages.
. Add a ripe banana, ripe pear or some pineapple to sweeten things up.
. Sneak in some greens like parsley or watercress as they have a mild flavour.
. Sprinkle in some chia or hemp seeds which will add protein, healthy fats and some Omega 3 fatty acids.
. Use frozen fruit if fresh it not available. It will also make the smoothie nice and cold without using ice.
Here is a tried and true recipe from our house, though quantities are approximate as I never really measure.
Mixed Fruit Smoothie
1/4 cup frozen mango
1/4 cup fresh pineapple
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 ripe medium banana
1/2 tbsp chia or hemp seeds
Vanilla soy milk to desired consistency
Place ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
What’s your favourite go-to smoothie?
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