SUMMER SMOOTHIES

We all know that sometimes a lot of times it’s hard to get kids to swallow down the good nutrients. Leah runs to the pantry every hour wanting goldfish crackers and Mya just wants to snack on cheese and yogurt all day everyday. But since I don’t really want to be in the kitchen every thirty minutes getting them snacks (which is usually what happens when we are home), I try to find foods that pack in the nutrients and sustain them. Our go-to for the three o’clock hour (when we’re all running on empty) are smoothies. With just a couple of fresh and frozen ingredients, the girls have a tasty drink that seems to be the ticket to tide them over until dinner.

Another glorious thing about smoothies is that they’re pretty hard to mess up. We can usually throw any fruit that we have in a blender and make something pretty good. But these are currently our two favorite smoothies that use similar ingredients and pack a delicious punch:

Pina Colada Smoothie (Virgin)

Makes 1 adult smoothie (or 2 small kid smoothies). Throw it all in a blender and liquify.

  • 1 fresh banana

  • 1 cup fresh (or canned) diced pineapple

  • 1 scoop protein powder

  • 1 Tbsp coconut shavings

  • 2 dashes cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup almond milk (add more to get desired blend)

Banana Berry Smoothie

Makes 1 adult smoothie (or 2 small kid smoothies). Throw it all in a blender and liquify.

  • 1 fresh banana

  • 1 handfull frozen berries

  • 1 scoop protein powder

  • 1/2 cup almond milk (add more to get desired blend)

I’ve shared some of these blends with friends and most have asked me the same questions, so here they are… paired with my lame answers:

Why do you use almond milk instead of regular milk?

I don’t like drinking milk. It makes me feel lethargic and bloated. First I tried soy milk as an alternative, but that didn’t sit well with me either. Unsweetened almond milk is tasty to me and so that’s what I use for smoothies.

Why do you use frozen berries, but fresh bananas?

We buy a huge bag of frozen berries (raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries) at Costco, so we can easily and always have a berry blend on-hand. I use fresh bananas because we have a shitty blender and frozen berries plus frozen bananas takes forever to liquify.

What kind of protein powder do you use and do you use that in the girls’ smoothies too?

I order this organic plant protein powder from Costco. I don’t like the taste of whey protein and this plant protein is the best I’ve tried and I really do like it. But again, this is just personal preference, so you should just use what you like. I would suggest going with a vanilla flavor over chocolate.

And I DO add some protein powder to the girls’ drinks. Another way to get some protein in there instead of a powder would be to add some plain greek yogurt. I don’t do this only because the girls each inhale a cup of greek yogurt at lunch, but otherwise I would totally add that in there.

Your straws are weird.

I don’t think that was a question, but they are reusable, soft and safe silicone straws and they are amazing. I can’t find online the exact ones that we have, but they are made by GreenPaxx, and these ones seem even better with the curved top. I would just recommend rinsing them right after use before throwing them in the dishwasher as to be fully insured everything gets cleaned out.

So there you have it. All my smoothie secrets. I feel so transparent. But not really. I hope this serves you with some refreshing summer drinks and gives you that extra boost when you need it most throughout your days.

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