If you have kids who don’t like to eat their fruits and veggies, chances are you’ve tried to give them smoothies. Who doesn’t love a good smoothie? Today we’re going to show you the way we each make smoothies for our families.
Now, I’m all for being healthy, but I also need a certain amount of sweetness. My kids actually really like Christina’s spinach smoothies, it’s just that I sometimes have a hard time with the color! So, this version is strictly my preference. I’ve tried using yogurt and honey, but those really taste “healthy,” and I want my smoothie to taste more like a fruity milk shake! Now, if you have dairy allergies feel free to substitute sorbet for the sherbet (p.s. I’ve always thought it was “sherbert.” Who knew?!) I generally use a mix of fresh and frozen fruit + sherbet + orange juice. How can you go wrong?!
Sarah’s Fruit Smoothie:
- 2 cups strawberries (cleaned and hulled)
- 1 cup kiwi (peeled)
- 1 cup frozen peaches
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1 cup orange sherbet
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend away!
This is one of the most basic recipes, but my entire family loves it. This recipe also works really well frozen. Just put the smoothie into popsicle molds, or paper cups, and place in the freezer. If you do go the popsicle route, you may want to switch out the kiwis. My six year old wasn’t a fan of the frozen kiwi seeds!
I have only been making green smoothies for the past year. The first time I made one it was disgusting, and I didn’t want to try one ever again. But I soon found that the problem with my first attempt was a lack of water and ice. When you’re drinking a fruit smoothie it’s okay if some of the fruit pieces aren’t completely blended, but not so with a green smoothie (maybe you can picture me trying to stomach my chunky, warm, spinach smoothie – not so pretty). What you’re after is a very cold temperature and a smooth almost thin consistency.
My friend Rachel introduced me to a recipe like the one below at her house. I was actually scared to try it because of my previous experience, but, boy, am I glad I did. I love this recipe. It is really sweet, not sweet like sherbet sweet, but way sweeter than you would expect.
To be honest, my older kids won’t drink this version because of the color, but my youngest and I love it!
Christina’s Green Smoothie:
- 2 cups spinach
- 2 medium oranges (outer peel removed – I try to keep as much as the pith as I can intact for added fiber)
- 1 large banana
- 1 cup ice
- 2 cups cold water
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend at highest setting. The consistency will be quite thin.
- Feel great that drinking something so tasty is so good for you! I promise you’ll barely notice the spinach. I dare you to try it.
So how do you like your smoothies? Red or green?