Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Guest Post: Fully-Charged Smoothie Recipes the Whole Family Will Love
Smoothies are an excellent way to have a delicious snack infused with healthy foods
to recharge your day. The great thing about them is that you can doctor up the taste,
so your kids will love them while drinking the foods you’d otherwise have to fight
them to eat. The outside perspective on smoothies can be somewhat misleading --
how often have we gone through a drive thru restaurant only to find that the item on
advertised as a smoothie on their menu contained a high fat and sugar content and
little nutrition? A real smoothie contains a powerful cocktail of vitamins and nutrients
to help your kids grow strong and re-energize you. Here are a few recipes and must-
have ingredients to build smoothies you’ll drink again and again.
Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter
In a blender, drop in about five ice cubes, a scoop of whey protein from Nature’s
Best, a whole banana (the more ripe it is, the more sweet it will be), a bit of cocoa
powder, a scoop of peanut butter, and a splash of skim milk, almond milk, or soy
milk to adjust the thickness of the smoothie. Blend until smooth. This smoothie
offers a to-die-for taste that is almost like ice cream without the calories. Best of all,
it’s chock full of nutrients your body needs. The whey protein is a key ingredient.
Obviously your body needs a healthy amount of protein, but recent studies have
indicated that it may help in preventing several diseases when taken regularly,
because of its high content of amino acids.
In a blender, drop in about five ice cubes, and a few of your favorite fruits.
Combining berries with a banana can take the sour edge off the smoothie while still
providing the anti-oxidant powder and vitamin boost contained in berries. Add a bit of
yogurt to support your digestive health, and a splash of orange juice or apple juice to
the desired thickness. Whey protein is also a great additive for this smoothie to give
it that extra boost of protein and help build muscle mass for the weight-lifters among
Add a Little Spinach
Adding some spinach to a smoothie is a great way to infuse your smoothie with
some iron and vitamin B. You can add spinach to just about any smoothie. Bananas
help mask the taste if you don’t particularly like it. Spinach will likely change the color
of your smoothie, so be aware that kids might consent to drink it if they don’t see it
first. Experiment with different ingredients you think you’ll enjoy and lift your glass to
health and long-life.
Paige One enjoys writing about many topics, including health!
Praises of a Wife and Mommy and family loves smoothies! My husband can be called the smoothie master! We currently serve smoothies at our church and they are the best- its said by more then me so you will have to trust me. :) Thanks Paige for some good ideas! One thing my family has been adding is spinach and we love it! I think we are going to try the Chocolate Peanut Butter smoothie next. YUM!