Start an Afternoon Tradition: 12 Delicious Frozen DrinksEmily McClements
I started a tradition with my kids last summer that I am so excited to bring back now that the weather has warmed up and summer is officially right around the corner.
My kids are always hungry when they wake up from their naps, and need a snack so they can make it through until dinner. So, I started making them healthy smoothies, or other frozen summery drinks, every afternoon, and it became a fun little tradition for us.
What better way to give them their snack and get some extra nutrition in them at the same time, all while they think they are getting a special treat every day?
And kids love to help make smoothies and other drinks! They can add the ingredients to the blender and push the buttons — just make sure the lid is on before they push start!
I’ve been gathering recipes to make for our afternoon smoothie snacks this summer. Here are 12 of the best ones I’ve found:
Basic Fruit Smoothie 1 of 12Fruit smoothies are so easy to throw together using whatever ingredients you have on hand. This basic fruit smoothie recipe is pretty similar to how we make ours, but I use plain yogurt, and a fresh, not frozen banana. You can use just about any combination of frozen fruit, and they always come out delicious!
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Easy Healthy Strawberry Lemonade 2 of 12We love making homemade lemonade, it's the perfect summer time drink. I love that this version includes frozen strawberries and stevia, and is blended together. Yum!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake 3 of 12This chocolate shake is actually healthy, and packs a healthy serving of protein! Your kids won't even know they're drinking something that's good for them!
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Coconut Milk Berry Smoothie 4 of 12Coconut milk makes smoothies so creamy, and adds just the right amount of coconut flavor and sweetness. And coconut milk is super healthy for you too. Whever I make a smoothie with coconut milk, my kids always think it is extra yummy!
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Banana Milkshake 5 of 12Banana milkshakes were my favorite treat of the summer when I was growing up. I make a super basic one using 2 cups of vanilla ice cream, 1 cup of milk, and one banana. Not the healthiest ever, but so, so delicious and refreshing!
Homemade Strawberry Milk 6 of 12I have fond memories of drinking Nestle strawberry milk growing up, and my kids are always asking for strawberry milk from the store, but now that I can read the ingredient label, I'll pass on the artificial colors and flavors. This is a great recipe for homemade strawberry milk. It's even better if you make it and let is set in the fridge for a while, so the flavors can come together.
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Aloha Pineapple Shake 7 of 12Such a cool and refreshing summer drink that tastes like a vacation! I substitute coconut milk for the almond milk, and then leave out the option coconut, and maple syrup or honey for the agave syrup. I love that smoothie recipes are so easily customized to your own preferences!
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Green Smoothie 8 of 12Want to get more leafy greens into your kid's diet, but not sure how? Serve them this great green smoothie, and they won't even know they're getting a healthy serving of spinach! This is a favorite for snacks and breakfast at our house!
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Watermelon Smoothie 9 of 12Yum, there is something about a watermelon smoothie that is just so, so summer. A great way to use up extra watermelon, I like to freeze it before using it in the smoothie.
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Orange Push-Up Smoothie 10 of 12Does the memory of Orange Push-Ups take you back to your youth? It does for me, and I can't wait to make this Orange Push-Up Smoothie for my kids. I know they will love it!
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Berry-Cado Smoothie 11 of 12This is something I've been wanting to try — adding an avocado to a smoothie. I've heard it makes it really creamy, and avocados are so nutritious, it seems like the perfect addition to a healthy berry smoothie.
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Quick Pick-Me-Up: Iced Coffe 12 of 12This one is just for mama, when you need a quick pick-me-up in the afternoon nothing is better than an iced-coffee. But don't run out and spend big bucks at a coffee shop. You can make delicious iced coffee at home. It's amazing how easy it is, and how good it tastes. Go ahead and treat yourself mama, after making all those yummy drinks for your kiddos, you deserve it!
How to Make Cold Brewed Iced Coffee
What your favorite frozen drink to make for your kids in the summertime?
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