Without fail, every single morning, our family has a smoothie and has done so for over four years now. Truth be told, my husband and I have been smoothie drinking obsessives for almost ten years, but it wasn’t until we had a health scare with my oldest son, Kenya, that we got our kids on board as well.
What started as a way to nourish our bodies daily with real food became our family meal each morning. Instead of reaching for pancakes and waffles covered in syrup, crepes filled with cheese or Nutella, or bowls of processed cereal, we instead reached for fresh and frozen fruits, vegetables, and a mix of proteins to fire up not only our brains but also our bodies. If it sounds simple…it’s because it is!
I started to realize that by simply adding and adjusting the ingredients in our smoothies to what was going on in each of our bodies, I was able to support our individual needs. Smoothies are incredibly delicious and extremely addictive no matter your taste preferences. Each smoothie can be unique and created based on your mood and nutritional needs. Smoothies are completely allergy-friendly and customizable because there are no “have to’s”:
I try to add a vegetable into most smoothies I make as well. Getting vegetables (especially into kids) can be a feat within itself, but since you don’t taste them in most smoothie creations, it’s the perfect opportunity to get them in. Grab a generous handful of fresh baby spinach, kale, a sliver of beet, or even frozen cauliflower, and toss it in for a boost of vitamins and minerals.
The best part is that there’s little to no cleanup and, especially when it’s warm outside, your kitchen will stay cool as you’re only using your blender. How great is that!?
Have a picky eater in your home? Get your kids involved by having them make smoothies with you. Allow them to pick the ingredients to add from the fruits, the vegetables, the proteins (like nuts, seeds, protein powder and more), and their favorite type of milk or liquid, and then let them whip it up. Once they get into the rhythm, it will become an addictive habit that’s much less costly, and far more healthy, than the drinks at your go-to smoothie shop.
Need more inspiration? Print out the Smoothie Project chart, laminate it and let them use a dry erase marker to circle what they want in their daily smoothie. It will take the guesswork out of what to make for breakfast and make them feel incredibly empowered too!
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