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Brain-Boosting Smoothies for Kids


  • Brain-Boosting Smoothies for Kids 1 of 22
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    21 sippers packed with vitamins and nutrients
  • Berry-Cado Smoothie 2 of 22
    Berry-Cado Smoothie
    If your kid’s freaked out by avocados, blend some into this smoothie. The healthy, monounsaturated fats in the fruit contribute to healthy blood flow, which makes for a healthy brain!
    Make berry-cado smoothie »
  • Blueberry Acai Smoothie 3 of 22
    Blueberry Acai Smoothie
    Blueberries, a well-known power fruit, are rich in antioxidants, and frozen ones pack nearly as much nutritional value as fresh ones. With acai added in, this purple powerhouse is a great source for omegas and fiber, too.
    Make blueberry acai smoothie »
  • Maple Lime Papaya Protein Smoothie 4 of 22
    Maple Lime Papaya Protein Smoothie
    Proteins keep the brain alert and active. To give your kids a boost of it, sneak a little protein powder into this smoothie, which already stars vitamin-packed papaya.
    Make maple lime papaya protein smoothie »
  • Green Smoothie 5 of 22
    Green Smoothie
    Your kids will never guess this smoothie was made with fresh spinach, which is chock-full of folate, vitamin E, and vitamin K, all of which are key to keeping your little one’s noggin razor sharp.
    Make a green smoothie »
  • Simple Mango Acai Smoothie 6 of 22
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    A great source of essential fatty acids, amino acids, and antioxidants, acai adds a super-nutritional boost to this smoothie. Bonus: Its delightfully chocolatey texture will ensure that you will sip up every last drop.
    Make mango acai smoothie »
  • Almond Shake 7 of 22
    Almond Shake
    This dairy-free concoction is so thick and creamy, it tastes like a frothy shake from your kid's’ favorite ice cream shop — except it won’'t send them on a sugar high (and ensuing crash). Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E found in the almond butter and almond milk will keep kids'’ energy up all day long. (No more sleeping in class!)
    Make an almond shake »
  • Blueberry Cobbler Smoothie 8 of 22
    Blueberry Cobbler Smoothie
    Blueberries have also been shown to protect the brain from stress — so whip up this dessert-like drink when junior'’s nervous for a big test!
    Make a blueberry cobbler smoothie »
  • “I Heart You” Fresh Strawberry Smoothie 9 of 22
    "I Heart You" Fresh Strawberry Smoothie
    If you want to show your family you care without piling on the sweets, this smoothie made with yogurt, bananas, and berries will get the message across. Strawberries are high in vitamin C, folate, fiber, and antioxidants to ward off disease — no sick days here!
    Make an “I heart you” fresh strawberry smoothie »
  • Wild Berry Smoothie 10 of 22
    Wild Berry Smoothie
    As good as if you had picked them right off the farm! The blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries in this smoothie make it a sweet treat that’ll give your kid the disease-fighting antioxidants his brain needs.
    Make wild berry smoothie »
  • Strawberry Festival Smoothie 11 of 22
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    This smoothie is a great way to commemorate a fruit rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and berry phytochemicals. These nutrients help maintain normal heart, kidney, and muscle function. Just blend, pour, toast, and sip! Make strawberry festival smoothie »
  • Blue Green Ginger Zing Smoothie 12 of 22
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    The name of this smoothie is as fun as it tastes! The blue comes from the whole cup of brain-boosting blueberries needed to make this treat, but the green is unexpected: juice made from Swiss chard, a leafy veggie that nurtures eye health and the immune system.
    Make blue green ginger zing smoothie »
  • Blueberry Brain Boost Smoothie 13 of 22
    Blueberry Brain Boost Smoothie
    What makes this smoothie stand out from the others are the walnuts mixed in — they’'re considered quite the brain food as they'’re loaded with omega-3s, which improve cognitive function. (And walnuts kind of look like a brain, too — coincidence?)
    Make a blueberry brain boost smoothie »
  • Mango Banana Smoothie 14 of 22
    Mango Banana Smoothie
    If you’'ve got some overripe leftover bananas, blend ’em into smoothies. The fruits contain tryptophan, which is an essential protein building block that can spur serotonin production in the brain for a calming (not sleep-inducing) effect. Perfect for first-day-of-school jitters!
    Make mango banana smoothie »
  • Purple Parsley Smoothie 15 of 22
    Purple Parsley Smoothie
    Thanks to all the berries in this recipe, parsley sneaks in undetected by kiddie taste buds. Parsley is loaded with vitamin K, which has been known to support brain and eye health.
    Make purple parsley smoothie »
  • Banana Soymilk Smoothie 16 of 22
    Banana Soymilk Smoothie
    Worried that your child’'s morning juice has too much sugar and not enough nutrients? Serve up one of these banana smoothies and rest assured they'’re getting enough potassium, which is essential to keeping the heart, brain, kidney, muscle tissues and other important organs functioning properly.
    Make a banana soymilk smoothie »
  • Pretty in Pink Grapefruit Smoothie 17 of 22
    Pretty in Pink Grapefruit Smoothie
    Call it the power of pink. A few sips of this fresh, grapefruity concoction in the morning and your kids will be ready to tackle the school day. Grapefruits are high in vitamin C (great for the brain and immune system) and in the fiber pectin, which naturally lowers cholesterol.
    Make a grapefruit smoothie »
  • Red, White and Blueberry Smoothie 18 of 22
    Red, White and Blueberry Smoothie
    With a long list of nutrient-packed ingredients — coconut, bananas, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, acai juice, and more — this patriotic shake would be just the right treat before a big U.S. history test.
    Make red, white and blueberry smoothie »
  • Peach Power Smoothies 19 of 22
    Peach Power Smoothies
    If you’'re dying for peach season and can’'t wait any longer, these breakfast smoothies use frozen ones — plus yogurt, almond butter, and flax seed — to fire up the brain even during the colder months. Flax seed makes a huge difference in a kid's diet, providing fiber, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids.
    Make power peach smoothies »
  • Wild Blueberry Kick-Start Smoothie 20 of 22
    Wild Blueberry Kick-Start Smoothie
    Want to keep your kids from zoning out once they get off the bus? Try this powered-up smoothie, packed with apples, ginger, blueberries, and cayenne. The cayenne has a metabolism-boosting kick that also helps intestine and stomach function — and don'’t worry, this recipe calls for a very subtle amount so it'’s not too spicy for kids.
    Make wild blueberry kick-start smoothie »
  • Bananaberry Smoothie 21 of 22
    Bananaberry Smoothie
    Use up the last of your summer fruit stores to whip up some of these fruity smoothies — the nutrients and antioxidants in them will have your kids feeling ready for school in no time! Bonus: This recipe uses yogurt, which can help with digestion and immune function.
    Make bananaberry smoothie »
  • Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie 22 of 22
    Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie
    If you’'re raising your kids as vegetarians, it can be difficult to get all the protein they need into their diets. Enter this fruit-filled super-smoothie, made with protein powder, bananas, and strawberries to ensure the kiddos grow out of their first-day-of-school clothes with strong bones and muscles — and strong brains!
    Make strawberry banana protein smoothie »

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