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8 Delicious After-School Smoothies with 5 Ingredients or Less

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If you have a hard time getting your kids to nosh on nutritious after-school snacks, take heart in knowing you’re not alone. Somewhere in the back of my kids’ minds they’re convinced that fruit is reserved for breakfast, and veggies are reserved for dinner. No way!

After years of fighting the good fight against processed, quick-grab, after-school snacks, I finally learned that the easiest way to incorporate nutrition into my little busy bodies is through a smoothie they can grab and gulp on the go. The best part is, I can pack these sneaky smoothies full of nutritious goodness without them ever knowing!

1. Sweet Gorilla Smoothie

Image source: Lori Garcia
Image source: Lori Garcia

We don’t monkey around when it comes to getting our calcium. As a personal favorite I can tell you that you’ll want to make a couple of batches — this sweet treat goes fast!

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas, halved and peeled
  • ¾ cup nonfat milk
  • 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Directions

In a blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth. If using fresh bananas, add up to 1 cup ice cubes. Pour into a glass and serve!

2. Banapple Smoothie

Image source: Lori Garcia
Image source: Lori Garcia

Talk about simple! We love this smoothie because it’s delicious, an excellent source of fiber and calcium, and we always have these ingredients on hand!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-size, sliced apple (we like Gala apples), seeded
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled
  • ¾ cup ice cubes

Directions

In a blender, combine apple, banana and ice. You can substitute a frozen banana in lieu of ice for a thicker smoothie if desired. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

3. Macho Avocado Smoothie

Image source: Lori Garcia
Image source: Lori Garcia

Creamy avocado goodness that your kids will actually enjoy! Seriously, this smoothie was the first time either one of my kids consumed an avocado without protest, and they asked for more! Calcium, vitamin B6 and folates make this smoothie a total mom win!

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas, halved and peeled
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted
  • ½ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • ¾ cup nonfat milk
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Directions

In a blender, combine ingredients, and blend until smooth. If using fresh bananas, add up to 1 cup ice cubes. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

4. Fruity Patootie Smoothie

Image source: Lori Garcia
Image source: Lori Garcia

This scrumptious smoothie recipe was the brainchild of my 10-year-old son. The entire family agrees that this fresh sweet smoothie is a winner! Packed full of vitamin C and calcium, this smoothie does more than just taste good, it’s good for growing bodies.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-size orange, peeled and halved
  • 1 frozen banana, halved and peeled
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup frozen blueberries
  • ¼ cup frozen pineapple

Directions

In a blender, combine ingredients until smooth. You can substitute fresh fruits in lieu of frozen ingredients if you have them on hand; simply add ice to reach desired consistency. Pour into a glass and serve.

5. The Hulk Smoothie

Image source: Lori Garcia
Image source: Lori Garcia

How’s this super smoothie for sneaking broccoli into a snack? Packed full of vitamins A and C, folates, and dietary fiber, this delicious and nutritious snack will give your kids all the power they need to keep going strong!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-size, sliced and seeded apple (again, we like the Gala variety)
  • 1 cup of chopped fresh broccoli
  • 1 frozen banana, halved and peeled
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of honey

Directions

In a blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth. If using fresh bananas, add up to ½ cup ice cubes. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

6. Peaches & Dream Smoothie

Image source: Lori Garcia
Image source: Lori Garcia

This sweet smoothie will remind your kids of summer year-round while you bask in the knowledge that they’re getting loads of vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of frozen peaches
  • ¾ cup nonfat milk
  • ½ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Directions

In a blender combine ingredients, and blend until smooth. If using fresh peaches, add up to 1 cup ice cubes. Pour into a glass, and enjoy!

7. Sweet Tart Smoothie

Image source: Lori Garcia
Image source: Lori Garcia

Equally sweet and tart, the Sweet Tart Smoothie packs a flavorful punch. High in fiber and rich in flavonoids, this tangy drink will have your kids puckering up for more!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of red seedless grapes
  • ½ cup nonfat milk
  • ¼ cup frozen blackberries
  • ¼ cup frozen raspberries

Directions

In a blender, combine ingredients, and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass, and serve!

8. Kiwiberry Cooler Smoothie

Image source: Lori Garcia
Image source: Lori Garcia

Spinach in your child’s snack? Yes! This mean and green smoothie is rich in vitamins C and B6, potassium, and beta-carotene!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and halved
  • 1½ cups frozen strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

Directions

In a blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

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