Smoothies

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

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 banana

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

ice

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 😉

 

 

 

    

10 Responses to “Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie”

  1. This sounds fantastic. I have been drinking smoothies almost daily for a few years now. Our recipes are similar though I have never considered using yogurt. I may have to give it a whirl!

  2. I still have to be converted on the smoothie wagon. Being Italian, my breakfasts are mainly composed of a cappuccino and a baked good (almost always, homemade). Lately, I added some oatmeal, and once in a blue moon, a smoothie (although it doesn’t pair well with coffee, that I cannot skip at breakfast 😉 ). I am pretty sure, though, I might love this smoothie, it has a delicious flavor and a nice texture.

    • I think you might like this one, Nicoletta. It tastes almost like dessert 😉 I can’t skip my morning coffee, either. I usually have my smoothie in a to-go cup as I’m running out the door to get the kids to school or after the gym to re-fuel.

  3. HI Natalie,
    Thank you for sharing all your wonderful recipes and posts on Real Food Fridays. You have helped make Real Food Fridays a success . I hope to see you around the internet and continue to read your information. Pinned & tweeted. Be healthy and happy. Remember to always eat real food.

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