3 Nutrient-Packed Smoothies for Kids

Berry Smoothie

Looking for a way to entice your children to consume more fruits and vegetables? The pages of "Best 100 Smoothies for Kids" by Deborah Harroun are filled with nutritious, no-sugar-added smoothie recipes your kids will love.

Choose from breakfast, lunchtime, snacktime, dessert or bedtime smoothies made with fruits and vegetables ranging from clementimes to carrots! Here are three you can try, courtesy of Harroun and the Harvard Common Press.

Carrot Banana Berry

Carrot juice is slightly sweet and pairs well with many fruits. Adding it to smoothies is a great way to introduce a vegetable at breakfast. It is also easy to find at most major grocery stores. This combination of carrots, bananas, and blueberries is one that your kids will love.

Makes 4 (9-ounce) servings 

• 1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
• 1 cup carrot juice
• 2 frozen ripe bananas
• 2 cups frozen blueberries

1. Pour the almond milk and carrot juice into a blender.
2. Slice the bananas and add them to the blender along with the blueberries. Blend until smooth.

Red Velvet Cake

If you know me, you know I'm obsessed with all things red velvet. I won't use beets in red velvet cake, because I've tried and I've found that they interfere with the light chocolate and buttermilk flavor. But I make an exception in this smoothie. Not only does the beet give the smoothie a beautiful pink hue, it also makes this smoothie taste like red velvet cake in a glass!

Makes 4 (8-ounce) servingsredvelvet.jpg

• 1 1/2 cups milk
• Half a medium raw beet
• 2 tablespoons cream cheese
• 3 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 1/2 tablespoons agave syrup or honey
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 cups ice cubes

1. Pour the milk into a blender. Peel the beet, cut it into thin slices, and add it to the blender.
2. Add the cream cheese, cocoa powder, sweetener, and vanilla. Top with the ice and blend until smooth.

Sleepytime Honey Almond

Almonds are full of not only protein but also magnesium, which is a natural muscle relaxant. This smoothie features almonds in the almond milk as well as in the almond butter, giving the kids a nice dose of magnesium.

Makes 4 (8-ounce) servings

• 2 cups almond milk smoothie.jpg
• 1/4 cup almond butter
• 1/4 cup honey?
• 1 cup ice cubes

1. Pour the almond milk into a blender.
2. Add the almond butter and honey. Top with the ice and blend until smooth.

Reprinted with permissino from "Best 100 Smoothies for Kids"
Recipe © 2015 by Deborah Harroun and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press

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