Some mornings I get into the rut of making my kids the same old breakfast recipes. While I’m comforted by the fact that they love what I make them it can make me feel like I’m a lazy mom. The biggest issue for me is time. Between me not having a lot of it in the morning and the time it takes my little ones to eat (Kenya can nurse a bowl of cereal for what seems like an eternity), I have to make things that are reasonably simple, but still loaded with as much nutrition as possible.
Smoothies are also a great way to get your kids involved in the kitchen and experimenting with new flavors! Click through the gallery for smoothie inspiration, and when you’ve gotten the hang of mixing your own smoothies, then you can start making smoothies Your Way!
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Berry Green Smoothie 1 of 5My kids have been happily binging on green smoothies lately -- helping me make them and tossing everything but the kitchen sink into the blender. I've been buying lots of fresh greens like spinach and kale, and tons of different frozen fruits for them to mix and match all sorts of flavors. I'm particularly psyched that they've been taking the lead in the recipe creation department because mommy has needed some new ideas.
Muesli Smoothie 2 of 5"Muesli in a smoothie? That's silly mommy!" I love that Kenya instinctively knew that this recipe was an unlikely combination, but since he loves muesli and smoothies, he was game to try it. Muesli, is a breakfast cereal made from rolled oats, fruit and nuts, and lately, Kenya has been eating it twice a week for breakfast. Since I always top it with either milk or yogurt, I thought why not toss it all into a blender and make something nutritious, creamy and perfect for breakfast? You never know. The oddest combinations can create something that everyone will love. Not so silly now, mommy. Right?
Frozen Chocolate Berry Smoothie 3 of 5I love making smoothies like this Frozen Chocolate Berry one with my kids because it gets them involved in the cooking process. They love peeling the bananas, pouring the chocolate powder into the blender and then switching the "on" button to whiz it up. Getting your kids involved in cooking, in my opinion, is the most fun and reliable way to get them to eat all of the yummy creations you prepare!
Tropical Lassi 4 of 5A lassi is a Southeast Asian yogurt-based drink containing milk, honey and/or spices. It's technically not a smoothie, but you'll never know that from the way it tastes. I thought that adding cumin (a traditional lassi ingredient) might be a bit too bold for this recipe, so I opted instead for a bit of lime zest and loved the refreshing result. So, power up the blender, grab your little one and have a great time preparing a uniquely delicious and nutritious treat for the whole family.
Kiwi Smoothie 5 of 5A Kiwi Smoothie is a special thing. I remember the first time my mother held up this brown, fuzzy piece of fruit to me and told me how special it was. That was probably 30 years ago, when kiwis were harder to find, and today I truly realize how lucky we are to have gorgeous, reasonably priced kiwis readily at our disposal. We are HUGE kiwi fans not only because of their bright green color and yummy taste, but because they're also packed with vitamin C and E, potassium and folic acid.