Simply Smoothies

Fruit smoothies are a huge hit with kids, but you can also sneak in other great vegetable and protein sources! The fantastic thing about smoothies, like many aspects of cooking, is that you can be creative and cater to your taste buds!

While I have no children of my own, I have a father, who in ways, will never be older than five years old:  I run all of my recipes by him as he is as critical and picky as a toddler.  One of my favorite smoothie recipes that he likes is the “Elvis smoothie.”   I call it the Elvis smoothie as it consists of two of the rock and roll legend’s favorite ingredients – peanut butter and bananas!  The great thing about this smoothie is that you can mix and match it to your tastes, so you can use some sort of another nut or seed butter and a different variation of milk if you’d like (for example exchange almond butter or sunflower butter for peanut butter and soy or rice milk for regular cow’s milk) – this recipe could be made to accommodate a diet that is gluten- and casein-free.  Also, this is an excellent way to use up some of your spotted bananas that you have in your fruit bowl!

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Elvis Smoothie
1 banana, ripe
1/8 cup peanut butter (or any other nut or seed butter)
½ cup milk (soy, rice, cow’s)
3 ice cubes
*Blend in blender for about 30 seconds.

I had quite an obsession with guacamole until one of my friends introduced me to avocado milkshakes.  Yes, avocado, which by the way, this delicious green item is a fruit (I always thought it was a vegetable until a four-year told me that he looked it up on the internet and discovered it was a fruit!).  Guacamole has been replaced by avocado milkshakes as my favorite way of consuming this fruit that is loaded with healthy fats.

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Avocado Milkshake
1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
1 1/3 cups milk (soy, rice, cow’s)
2 Tablespoons sugar
5 ice cubes
*Blend in blender for about 30-45 seconds.

And just in time for the pumpkin season and Halloween, I’m sharing my latest smoothie recipe:
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Pumpkin Potion Smoothie
1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
¾ cup canned pumpkin
½ banana
1 apple, peeled and chopped
¼ tsp. cinnamon
5-6 ice cubes
*Blend in blender for about 30-45 seconds.
**You can save the extra pumpkin from the can that you had to open to make this smoothie and add it to pancake batter…you should be able to pass them off as regular pancakes to your little ones!

Lastly, based on my years of babysitting, I’m convinced that everything tastes better through a straw.  So if you’re having trouble getting in drinks and smoothies, try giving your kids a straw, it just might be the trick!

 

Happy Halloween!

 

Written by Aimee M. Gallagher

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