April was a month of smoothie-making! Two weeks ago, I taught nutrition/smoothie making at our local junior high for 6, 7, & 8th grade girls and their moms. The blenders were buzzing! Then, this past Friday, I taught 3rd, 4th & 5th graders at our local grade school. All together, over 175 smoothies were made!! Smoothies are a great snack food (or an easy to-go breakfast) with their protein content and dairy & fruit servings. Veggies can also be used in smoothies…raw leafy greens, cooked sweet potatoes and carrots, just to name a few. Grains can be added, too, like wheat germ or ground flaxseed.
What is your favorite smoothie? Please share it with us! Here is a recipe from two third graders that received many praises last week: Ben & Matt’s Sports Fuel Smoothie: Mango-Pineapple-Peach-Strawberry. It’s a combination of flavors you can’t beat!
This recipe makes two-12 ounce smoothies:
1/4 cup each: mango juice and pineapple juice
1/4 cup each: peaches (we used frozen) and strawberries
1 cup yogurt (I prefer low-fat Greek yogurt for its extra protein content)
1/2 cup ice
Blend on high for 1 minute until smooth. Enjoy!
Be creative and make your own, you can use this recipe as a guide. Please remember to share your favorite with us!