When my kids get home from school, they are hungry and thirsty. I would like them to eat healthy, nutritious snacks, but apple slices and carrot sticks are a hard sell when they’re craving tasty comfort foods. I have found, however, that my kids never say no to a fruit smoothie.
I like to vary the ingredients each day, but the basic recipe is below. To save a few dollars, I buy frozen fruit in big bulky bags from the freezer department at the grocery store. Some bags have all of the same fruit, like all peaches or all strawberries. Others have mixes of different berries or pineapple with mangoes. I like to have at least two different kinds of fruit in the freezer so that I can vary the flavors each day. I also like to change up the juice I use, and even the type of milk I use. Vanilla almond milk, for instance, has a great flavor and gives the smoothie a nice texture.
Whatever combination I use, these smoothies always taste great. A fancy glass and a colorful straw make them taste even better!
2 Cups frozen fruit (I used mixed berries for the one in the photo)
1 Cup milk (any kind)
1 Cup cranberry juice (or any juice on hand)
1 Yogurt tube
2 Teaspoons sugar (optional)
Add all of the above ingredients to a blender. Hit the pulse button about 6 times to break everything down and then blend for 60 seconds. Serves 3
I hope your children enjoy these fun and tasty smoothies when they come home from school!