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If your children are picky eaters, like mine, then you know the constant battle it is to get them to eat better-for-you foods. One way to get them to try more than you ever thought possible is with smoothies. A smoothie made the right way can be a great power breakfast to help your little one and even YOU get the right start to the day. They taste great and they are easy to make.
While this post features the Berry Blast Smoothie, you can use milk as your base, along with yogurt to combine all sorts of ingredients. Anything goes!
The recipe itself is simple! See Below:
Berry Blast Smoothie
- Milk (You choose the % and type) – 1 cup
- Strawberries 1/2 cup
- Blueberries 1/2 cup
- Raspberries (Frozen works best – I purchase fresh and freeze) 1/2 cup
- Plain Greek Yogurt 1/2 cup
- Honey – 1 tbsp
- Small bunch of baby spinach (if you want to get sneaky with the veggies – trust me, they don’t notice it!)
Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend until you reach the desired consistency. If it is too thick, add small amounts of milk until desired thickness is reached.
It’s that easy – and I choose milk as our base ingredient because milk’s nutrients are hard to replace. Without milk in my kids’ diets, it’s difficult to fill in the gap. There’s decades of research and hundreds of studies that support the benefits of drinking milk. Kids need the calcium, potassium and Vitamin D to grow. Milk also has high-quality protein that can help your kids grow strong – 8 grams of protein in every 8 ounce glass. And dairy milk protein is a complete protein. Many plant proteins are incomplete – which means they are missing some of the amino acids your body needs.
My kids drink milk because they like it and because it’s a simple, wholesome and affordable way to help them get the natural protein and balanced nutrition they need. The fact is, milk’s nutrients are hard to replace. It’s difficult to get enough of nutrients you need without milk in your diet, and decades of research and hundreds of studies support the benefits of drinking milk.
Need even more buy-in from your kids? Let them create their own smoothie recipes, trying new fruits and introduce the idea of a veggie mixed with fruit. I started letting my kids pick their ingredients and even keep track of their favorite recipes on the cute little cards you’ll find below! (free printable alert!) Invest in some child-friendly, safety knives and invite your kids into the kitchen! Let them prepare their smoothie ingredients and make choices about what combinations will be added to their milk.
Want to create your own smoothie recipes with your kids? Print this recipe card and let your little ones experiment and add their own fruits and veggies with ice, cold milk for some amazing breakfast, lunch or snack ideas! I find that when my kids get to pick and choose they try more foods and actually eat them.
CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD OR GET IT HERE.
I love shopping at locations that gives me a variety of milk choices – like my grocery store, ShopRite, below:
I’d love to hear if your kids like the Berry Blast Smoothie OR what smoothie combinations you’ve tried or make as favorites?
The fact is, there is a beverage you can give your kids that is nutrient-rich, delicious, farm fresh with natural protein and no sugar added – all for about a quarter per serving? It’s something that is likely in your fridge already — white milk! Be sure to visit MilkLife.com for more content and recipes
Check out this video below! Are you surprised by milk?