Summer is in full swing in Alaska, and it’s pretty much perfect. The sun is shining, and the temperature is just right. It’s perfect for running through the sprinkler and throwing water balloons at your brothers.
This time of year there can be the temptation to eat a lot of junk, because who wants to spend all day in the kitchen when there’s fun to be had outside? Today’s Summer smoothie makes great addition to breakfast, or a perfect afternoon snack by the kiddie pool!
Smoothies can sometimes be a little deceptive in the nutrition department. I wanted to create a delicious, nutritious and simple smoothie, that my kids would love. I was inspired by the strawberry milk that I used to drink as a kid, but I wanted to make it with actual strawberries. Each 8-ounce serving of milk provides 8 grams of high-quality, natural protein. I used a cup of frozen strawberries, so we got a great smoothie texture. For sweetness I added a little drop of strawberry jam, but a little honey would have worked as well. If you want to use fresh strawberries, you could freeze the milk in ice cube trays to get the same texture. The smoothie is filling, so you won’t have anyone asking for another snack five minutes after they drink this!
Milk is my drink of choice at home, and so my kids have learned by example to love it. One of the reasons that I was excited about this post was the chance to talk a little bit about the need for milk in our communities. My kids are fortunate to not have to worry about where they get their milk, but that isn’t the case for everyone. More than 46 million Americans – including 12 million children – get support from Feeding America® network food banks each year. Fresh milk is one of the most requested, but least donated items at food banks, meaning children in need may be missing out on the essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, it supplies.
I hate the idea of kids being worried about food when they should be enjoying carefree Summer days. As a mom, it breaks my heart to think of kids having to shoulder grown up worries.
You can help feed a childhood in your community this summer with a small donation at milklife.com. A donation as little as $5 can deliver a highly desired and nutrient-rich gallon of fresh milk to children who need it most. The Great American Milk Drive is a collaborative effort between Feeding America, America’s dairy farmers and milk companies. It turns online donations into gallons of milk for families in local communities. To date, the program has provided more than 12 million servings of milk to families across the country.
Make sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the post.
Summer Strawberry Smoothie
- 1 c. (8oz.) skim milk
- 1 c. frozen strawberries
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. strawberry jam
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.