An Afternoon Smoothie Is Absolute Bliss

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Who doesn’t love fruit drinks? And if they’re healthy and easy to prepare, what’s not to love?

smoothie: a healthy baby snack

Faced with shelves filled with over-sweetened juices and kids’ beverages full of high fructose corn syrup, you either have to stick with brands you trust, or just make your own. Fruit smoothies are packed with essential vitamins and minerals every child needs, and you can whip them up literally in minutes.

fruit smoothie, very refreshing and healthy

When you’re in the produce section, buy a pound or two more of your favorite fruit than you need right now.Wash, peel (if needed), slice into small pieces (1 inch or smaller) and store in your freezer in a tightly-sealed plastic container. You can create your own collection of favorites like bananas, mangoes, peaches, avocados, strawberries and other berries or more exotic tropical fruit like star fruit, papaya and guanabana.

If you’re lactose intolerant, you can easily substitute  soy, almond or rice milk for cow’s milk. And when you add  plain yogurt with live bacteria, you’re also helping to keep your digestive system healthy.

Add flavor and zest with additions like cinnamon, ginger or ground flax seeds; a spoonful of honey adds sweetness.

My absolute favorite is a mango and guanabana combo, but since the latter item can be hard to find, I’m happy making a mango and banana smoothie anytime.

Banana Mango Smoothie

Ingredients (yields about 4 servings):

  • 1 cup fresh milk (or soy, almond or rice milk)
  • 1 cup  plain white yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen banana, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup frozen mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flax seed (optional)
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional)
  • dash of ground ginger & cinnamon (optional)

Directions:
1. Add frozen fruit to blender and follow with yogurt and milk
2. Blend on “crush” setting or on high speed until all ingredients become smooth
3. Serve in a tall glass with a straw.

smoothies are on the top of the list of healthy drinks
Banana Mango Strawberry Smoothie
  • 1 cup fresh milk (or soy, almond or rice milk)
  • 1 cup  plain white yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen banana, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen whole strawberry
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flax seed (optional)
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional)
  • 3 slices of fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp ground ginger
healthy snack, smoothiesEnjoy this healthy snack yumminess!
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