Smoothies are an almost daily staple around here. Besides being a healthy breakfast or snack, if you mix the ingredients up right, they’re downright delicious.
Anyone who has kids knows the daily struggle of trying to provide them with healthy food, that they’ll actually eat. For the most part, I’m pretty lucky. My kids aren’t too picky, but they still have a few things that they’re strongly opposed to. And to make matters even more difficult, their palates are completely the opposite.
My son is a carnivore, straight up. Give him any meat, preferably on a bone, and he’ll easily out eat the rest of us. He also does pretty well in the vegetable department, but fruit, not so much.
My daughter is our resident vegetarian. She eats all the fruit, as in half a cantaloupe at one sitting, loves all the carbs and has a special place in her heart for all things dairy. Actually, she’s pretty good with seafood, too, so I guess that makes her a pescatarian, but beef, pork and chicken are definitely a tougher sell.
So, what’s a parent to do? I want to make sure they get enough protein to grow their bodies. I want to make sure they have enough healthy carbs and fats to fuel their bodies. And, I want to make sure they get enough fruit and veggies to provide them with the vitamins and minerals that are so important to stay healthy and active.
For me, one quick way to achieve all that is with a simple, delicious smoothie. Loaded the right way with a little protein, some fruit and veggies, as well as some healthy Omega’s, my kids get a drink that tastes sweet and delicious, but is also loaded with some sound nutrition. And not just for my kids, for me and my husband, as well.
This Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie is an easy favourite, even with my fruit avoiding son.
1 Cup strawberries
1/2 Cup plain, full fat greek yogurt
1 1/2 Cups unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp hemp hearts
1 scoop Vega Oh, Natural protein powder
Place all ingredients in a blender in the order given and blend until smooth. Makes 2 full size or 1 mama and 2 baby sized smoothies 😉