Making a smoothie is so super duper easy that ANY kid, ANY age can make it. With the help of a blender and a few simple healthy ingredients, making a smoothie is a breeze.
There are so many ways and combinations to make breakfast smoothies. Here is an easy guide for kids to remember when making smoothies:
FRUIT + LIQUID + BOOST
Including 1-2 cups of fruit in a breakfast smoothie is a great way to get a head start towards your daily nutrition needs. You can use fresh, frozen or a combination of both. Frozen fruits can help make the smoothie thick and frothy. If you choose to only use fresh fruit instead of frozen, try including 1 cup of ice for thicker texture. Have your little chefs get creative and experiment with different fruit combinations to see what excites their taste buds!
Liquids are great to help “smooth out” the smoothie. Kids can decide how much or little liquid to add depending on how thick or liquidy they want their smoothie to be. Start with 1/2 cup of liquid and if your drink is too thick or too hard to blend then consider adding more as needed. There are many liquids to choose when making a smoothie including filtered water, 100% fruit juices, milk (traditional almond, rice, etc) or even coconut water.
Many simple smoothie recipes includes only fruits and liquids (ice if needed). However, there is a option for kids to add a little boost to their recipes. There are two types of boosts kids can blend into their smoothie: Nutrient Boosts and Flavor Boosts.
Nutrient boosts are ingredients you add to the breakfast smoothie to give kids added nutrition needed in the mornings such as:
Vegetables (carrots, spinach, kale, etc)
Yogurts (greek yogurt, low-fat yogurt, frozen yogurt, etc)
Cooked Grains (quinoa, oatmeal, etc)
Seeds (flaxseed, chia seeds, etc)
Flavor boosts are ingredients for added taste and flavor such as: Honey, Ginger, Lemon, Cinnamon, and Vanilla
Now that you have your favorite ingredients together just blend and enjoy!
To recap, here's an adorable how-to video on How to Make a Breakfast Smoothie