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Best Summer Smoothies for Kids

  • Pineapple, Red Cabbage, and Banana

    My daughter, who loves anything pink or purple, was smitten with the color of this smoothie. The red cabbage adds such a beautiful bright purple color. It also contributes a serving of vegetables to your meal, which is always a good thing! Red cabbage is mild and pairs well with the pineapple, so your smoothies are beautiful and very delicious.

    Yield

    Makes four 8-ounce servings

    Ingredients
    • 2 cups pineapple juice
    • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
    • 2 frozen ripe bananas
    Directions
    1. Pour the pineapple juice into a blender. Add the cabbage.
    2. Slice the bananas, add them to the blender, and blend until smooth.

    "Best 100 Smoothies for Kids," Recipe ©2015 by Deborah Harroun and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press.

  • Cherry Banana

    The combination of cherries and bananas with the creamy Greek yogurt make this a delicious, kid-friendly breakfast. My kids drink down these big, sweet servings in a flash.

    Yield

    Makes four 10-ounce servings

    Ingredients
    • 2 cups milk
    • 2 cups frozen cherries
    • 2 frozen ripe bananas
    • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
    Directions
    1. Pour the milk into a blender. Add the cherries.
    2. Slice the bananas and add them to the blender along with the yogurt. Blend until smooth.

    "Best 100 Smoothies for Kids," Recipe ©2015 by Deborah Harroun and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press.

  • Peachy Green

    This smoothie is perfectly green and full of peach flavor. Even though it's green, your kids will never know that this smoothie is packed with healthy spinach because the flavor of spinach is so mild. The ginger adds a hint of spiciness that keeps the smoothie interesting.

    Yield

    Makes four 9-ounce servings

    Ingredients
    • 2 cups coconut milk beverage (see note below)
    • 2 cups frozen sliced peaches
    • 2 frozen underripe bananas
    • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
    • 2 cups loosely packed spinach leaves
    Directions
    1. Pour the coconut milk into a blender. Add the peaches.
    2. Slice the bananas and add them to the blender. Add the ginger and then the spinach. Blend until smooth.
    Note

    I use the coconut milk beverage that's sold in shelf-stable boxes—not full-fat, canned coconut milk. The coconut milk beverage is thinner and easier to incorporate into a smoothie than the canned coconut milk. Coconut milk is lower in protein and calcium than cow's milk, but it's also lower in calories. It does have a light coconut flavor that will be recognizable in some smoothies, so keep that in mind if you are substituting it for cow's milk. Read the label to make sure that the product contains only coconut milk and filtered water. Do not substitute coconut water for coconut milk beverage in the smoothie recipes.

    "Best 100 Smoothies for Kids, Recipe ©2015 by Deborah Harroun and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press.

  • Creamsicle

    I remember the first time I encountered the creamy orange flavor of a Creamsicle when I was a kid. As an afternoon snack, this creamy and delicious smoothie is a lot better for your kids than an ice cream bar!

    Yield

    Makes four 8-ounce servings

    Ingredients
    • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1 frozen underripe banana
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 cups ice cubes
    Directions
    1. Combine the orange juice and milk in a blender. Cut the banana into slices and add it to the blender along with the vanilla extract.
    2. Top with the ice and blend until smooth.

    "Best 100 Smoothies for Kids," Recipe ©2015 by Deborah Harroun and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press.

  • Sleepytime Honey Almond

    This smoothie features almonds in the almond milk as well as in the almond butter, giving the kids a nice dose of not only protein but also magnesium, which is a natural muscle relaxant.

    Yield

    Makes four 8-ounce servings

    Ingredients
    • 2 cups almond milk
    • 1/4 cup almond butter
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1 cup ice cubes
    Directions
    1. Pour the almond milk into a blender.
    2. Add the almond butter and honey. Top with the ice and blend until smooth.

    "Best 100 Smoothies for Kids," Recipe©2015 by Deborah Harroun and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press.

  • Strawberry Oats Coconut Chia

    Oats are a great addition to a morning smoothie, as they keep the kids full longer. Some people swear by grinding the oats beforehand so that they will blend in better, but I don't usually have the time to take that extra step, and for the most part, my kids don't mind the extra texture. But if texture is an issue with your kids, run the oats in your blender until they're powdery before adding the other ingredients.

    Yield

    Makes four 8-ounce servings

    Ingredients
    • 2 cups coconut milk beverage (see note below)
    • 2 cups frozen strawberries
    • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
    • 1/4 cup chia seeds
    • 1 tablespoon agave syrup or honey
    Directions
    1. Pour the coconut milk into a blender. Add the strawberries, oats, chia seeds, and sweetener.
    2. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
    Note

    I use the coconut milk beverage that's sold in shelf-stable boxes—not full-fat, canned coconut milk. The coconut milk beverage is thinner and easier to incorporate into a smoothie than the canned coconut milk. Coconut milk is lower in protein and calcium than cow's milk, but it's also lower in calories. It does have a light coconut flavor that will be recognizable in some smoothies, so keep that in mind if you are substituting it for cow's milk. Read the label to make sure that the product contains only coconut milk and filtered water. Do not substitute coconut water for coconut milk beverage in the smoothie recipes.

    "Best 100 Smoothies for Kids," Recipe©2015 by Deborah Harroun and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press.

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