Smoothies are pretty amazing - a bunch of goodness blended up that tastes like dessert!
Unfortunately, most smoothies that are sold in smoothie bars and cafes are loaded with unnecessary sugars as they use yogurts, milks and sometimes even ice creams as a base. Sugar certainly makes them taste like dessert, but they’re far from healthy! With the right ingredients you’ll find the perfect recipes that satisfy your sweet tooth without sending your body into fructose overdrive!!
I like using as many berries as possible, adding some nut-based protein and then finishing it off with some yummy greens and veggies!!
- 1 CUP ORGANIC FROZEN FRUIT
- 1 CUP WATER
- 1/2 ORGANIC BANANA
- 1/2 ORGANIC APPLE
- 1 HEAPED TBSP ALMOND BUTTER (No Added Sugar)
- 1 TBSP HEMP SEEDS
- 1 1/2 CUPS FRESH ORGANIC GREENS / VEGGIES
The trick is to use tons of whatever fruit you / your kid loves and sneak in a bunch of greens and veggies that you want (your kid) to eat. My wee girl knows I put it in there because I love telling her what’s in things AFTER she gobbles them up with pure delight! It helps expand her mind, her palette and makes meal options so much easier.
In short - throw everything into your high speed blender and blend (start on low setting first and work up to high speed) - if it’s too thick add more water. Water will help keep the color and taste of the berries more vibrant and hydrates without any extra stuff.
My go-to ingredients:
Frozen organic berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate, blackberries), 1/2 a banana, 1/2 apple, almond butter (sunflower, cashew also great), hemp seeds, water, a great big handful of spinach and/or rainbow chard, 2 inches of zucchini and 2 inches of cucumber. The harder the green (some kale) the more you will need to blend. If your kid is totally against anything green tweak the quantities as you see fit to make this more vibrant.
Side note: I’m a sugar narc. I’m really conscious of how much sugar my kid consumes and do everything in my power to limit sugar but naturally derived sugar from fruit is ok with me. Especially in the form of berries, apples, pears etc as they are in their natural state and contain a ton of fiber and other essential nutrients. I do limit dried fruits and overly sweet fruits like mango, pineapple, banana etc but if your kid likes fruit - that’s awesome!!!!
This recipe is included in my mini-recipe-guide "Breakfast with Basking in Goodness"
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