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4 Healthy Smoothie Recipes for Moms & Kids

I’m very excited to introduce to you our newest MPMK contributor, Jodi.  She’s a natural foods chef with an incredibly gorgeous food blog, What’s Cooking Good Looking?  (I kinda fell in love with her based on her blog’s name alone) and a truly amazing amount of health food knowledge. Today she’s sharing with us not one, but four, healthy and yummy smoothie recipes to try with the kids this summer.

Before we get to that though – I’d just like to take a moment and say that our hearts and prayers are with the families in Oklahoma.

Now that we’re approaching summer, smoothies are my favorite way to enjoy an easy breakfast or a mid-day snack. Who doesn’t love a good, refreshing smoothie? Smoothies are also a fun way to get in some extra healthy vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Making smoothies at home is not only really easy, but it is also the best way for you to know that every single ingredient you are adding is natural and healthy (and not a sugary juice from a container). These smoothies are all created from whole, organic (when possible) ingredients. You can also make extra to keep around, saving you time so you don’t always have to break out the blender.

I created these recipes to taste great, but also to sneak in a few super-healthy ingredients that you might not always be able to get the little ones to eat. Each of these four smoothies are great for both mom and kids. Mom will like that they’re healthy and good for you, and kids will like the taste and how fun and colorful they are. Serve them in a colorful glass with a cool, bendy straw and they will be sure to be a huge hit!

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS

In the chocolate almond butter smoothie:

Almond butter has a high amount of protein and helps to lower blood sugar. In other words, drink this and you will feel super satisfied. You can have this for breakfast without feeling hungry until lunchtime.

This recipe calls for cacao powder, which is really good for you, unlike it’s counterpart cocoa powder. Cacao, also known as raw chocolate, is really high in antioxidants, and does not contain any sugar or dairy that a regular chocolate bar would contain. It adds a chocolaty flavor with out all the unnecessary ingredients and sugar.

Bananas add a healthy dose of potassium and the hemp seeds (which are optional but highly recommend) are high in both omega 3+6 and contains all 20 amino acids that our bodies need but do not naturally produce. Plain and simple, these seeds are really really good for you.

In the acai blueberry chia smoothie:

I’m sure you are well aware that acai is a celebrated super food. It’s is very high in healthy antioxidants, just like the blueberries that are also in this smoothie. Be sure you buy pure acai, with no added sugar or ingredients you cannot pronounce. It’s usually found in the frozen fruit section. If you cannot find acai, you can add in other berries or fruit as a substitute.

The yogurt in the smoothie adds calcium and probiotics. I use a plain, dairy free yogurt in my smoothies, but you can use whichever kind of yogurt you usually eat. You’ve probably heard of or have already started to incorporate chia seeds in your diet, and I love to add them to smoothies. They give it a really fun texture in addition to all of the great health benefits they carry.

In the peach mango carrot smoothie:

The carrot might sound like an unlikely addition to the mango and peach, but trust me here. Carrots have a light sweetness that blends nicely with the other flavors and add the benefit of a beta carotene boost. Ground flax seeds are another great addition to the pantry and to smoothies because they are high in omega 3s and fiber.

In the happy green smoothie:

Green smoothies are all the rage, and this version is kid friendly so moms can make this for themselves and save the extra for the kids. It is also a great way to sneak in some raw spinach and avocado. If you’re adventurous, try adding in some kale and herbs too. Parsley and cilantro have great detoxifying powers. The taste and and fun green color will certainly win the little ones over.

4 delicious + healthy smoothie recipes for moms + kids

SOME GUIDELINES FOR MAKING SMOOTHIES

  • To make the smoothies, it is best to add the liquid first, and then about half of the ingredients. Blend, and then add the remaining ingredients. At the end add about 3-4 ice cubes and blend one last time.
  • Always be sure to remove any stems or seeds from the fruit, and if your ingredients are organic do not peel the skin (they contain lots of healthy nutrients). Also, be sure to dice the ingredients, it makes for easier blending.
  • Always look for what is fresh and in season, and organic is always best. Frozen is great too, especially for the fruits that are not in season, but be sure to look for frozen organic ingredients as well.
  • The ingredients listed here are mostly a guideline. Feel free to add in other ingredients that you think would work well or leave something that you do not like or have on hand. Experiment. Find out what works for you.
  • You can make these ahead of time, and store them in an airtight container in the fridge. Mason jars work great for this. They will stay fresh for about 1-2 days.
  • Have fun & enjoy!

Healthy Almond Butter Chocolate Smoothie recipe

Chocolate Almond Butter

½ cup of almond butter

1 cup of rice milk

2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder

1 ripe banana

3 tablespoons of hemp seeds

 Healthy Blueberry Acai Chia Smoothie Recipe

Acai Blueberry Chia

1 cup frozen organic blueberries

1 packed of frozen acai

1 Greek style yogurt

½ cup of rice milk

Healthy Peach Mango Carrot Smoothie Recipe

Peach Mango Carrot 

1 ripe mango

1 ripe peach

1 carrot

1 cup of rice milk

1-2 tablespoons of flax

Healthy "Happy Green Smoothie" recipe

Happy Green Smoothie

a handful of spinach (kale, or any dark leafy green will work)

1 avocado

1 ripe banana

1 apple

1 tablespoon of flax or hemp or chia seeds

a couple of leaves of cilantro / parsley (optional)

1 + cups of water

 

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Jodi Moreno is a Natural Foods Chef, Photographer, and creator of the blog What's Cooking Good Looking where she shares her healthy, clean, seasonal recipes and photographs. She's passionate about showing people that vegetables can play a main role on the plate.

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Alison May 21, 2013 at 8:53 am

My kids love smoothies! Instead of rice milk we use So Delicious Almond milk because it has 5g of protein as opposed to rice milk which has almost no protein. Thanks for some new recipes to try out with them!

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Jodi May 21, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Hi Alison,
Almond milk is an excellent substitution … I actually use it all the time. Sometimes I like to switch up my milks, and try different ones, but almond milk is my favorite.

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gina May 21, 2013 at 9:57 am

Are you putting a raw carrott in the smoothie or cooked?

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Jodi May 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Hi Gina,
Id recommend using raw carrot. In fact, all of the ingredients in all of the smoothies are raw.
Enjoy :)

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Lilly May 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

Loved the chocolate one! Delicious!

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heather May 22, 2013 at 11:34 am

how much acai & yogurt in the blueberry smoothie?

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Jodi May 30, 2013 at 10:32 am

Good question! Looks like that measurement was left out. For the yogurt I would use anywhere from 1/2 cup to 1 cup depending on how thick you would like your smoothie to be. As for the acai, I have always used the pre-portioned packed which are 3.5 ounces or a little less than 1/2 a cup.
Enjoy!

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Lori May 22, 2013 at 11:04 pm

How do they keep in the fridge? Do they lose their smoothiness and get watery?

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Jodi May 30, 2013 at 10:34 am

I would not keep them in the fridge longer than a day or two. They will naturally separate, however if you give them a quick stir or put them back into the blender for a few seconds they will have the smoothie consistency again.

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Anna May 28, 2013 at 8:42 am

You mention adding ice cubes at the end. I’ve made 2 of these smoothies so far, and as I was following the ingredients list, forgot the ice cubes. They were thick and scrummy! Both myself and my 15 month old loved them. Do you usually add ice to these smoothies? What difference does it make other than being a colder drink?

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Jodi May 30, 2013 at 10:41 am

Anna, So happy to hear you and your 15 month old loved them, and without the ice! I usually add only a few cubes just to chill it a bit, however, I should have mentioned that it is not at all necessary if you do not want it cold or if you are adding frozen berries then it will already by chilled.

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Debbye June 24, 2013 at 11:51 pm

I am IN LOVE with the chocolate almond butter one! I substituted flax for the hemp seeds, and YUM!
:)

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ProGait Gait Analysis Manchester June 26, 2013 at 7:00 am

They all sound delicious! Cant wait to try them!

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Anna Dawson August 8, 2013 at 5:51 am

This is a great article, loving it and I love smoothies! Thanks for sharing! :)

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Jill November 12, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I am trying to add more vegetables into my kids diet. They are on the very picky side when it comes to food:( I think they would like smoothies more if I could avoid the seeds from berries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc. Is there a way to make smoothies so when blended those seeds aren’t there? Or good fruit to use that wouldn’t leave seeds in the smoothies?

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Sara February 14, 2014 at 11:04 am

These are great! and getting my 3 year old to pitch in and help make some is what actually got him to start eating a lot of different raw fruits and vegetables :)

Thanks!

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Christie April 8, 2014 at 10:03 am

Hi,

My 5 yr old and I have just recently started the morning smoothie!!! so far it’s been good just fruits but i’d really like to sneak in some greens, she’s sooooo picky i’m afraid it will change the taste or texture any ideas to help?

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