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Go bananas with smoothies

Whip up a smoothie to give your child a nutritional boost for breakfast, lunch or any time. These recipes all start with a banana or two.

By GreatSchools Staff

Whether you use the fresh fruits of summer or the frozen variety in winter, the result is a nutritious and ever-popular drink.

Here are some of the many reasons smoothies make good food sense for your children's breakfasts, lunches or just about any time of the day:

  • They take no more than 5-10 minutes to prepare.
  • They are a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber.
  • Smoothies provide a great opportunity to hide healthy ingredients. Adding things such as protein powder, vitamin supplements, fruits and vegetables are easy to do with these versatile drinks. And, for kids who don't like milk, they provide a good source of calcium.
  • The variations are endless. You can experiment with soy milk, almond milk, flavored yogurts, nuts and any combination of fruits.
  • They can be prepared year-round with fresh or frozen fruits.
  • Best of all, they taste delicious!

Try the variations below, or feel free to mix and match to create your own favorite combinations.

Mixed Berry Smoothie (Serves 4)

Fresh or frozen berries can be used for this smoothie. Keep in mind that the riper the fruit, the sweeter the drink will be. Add more fruit or even a little honey for a sweeter version.

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries and blackberries)
  • ¾ cup lowfat milk or soy milk
  • ¾ cup fruit juice (cranberry, apple or orange are all good choices)
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)

Place all of the ingredients in the blender. Blend to desired consistency.

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

03/5/2008:
"I have used your recepies and my 8 yr old son loves them. So does my husband and I!"
01/14/2008:
"do you have any receipes thaty don't include bananas?"
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