There’s a smoothie out there for anyone. That’s great news especially for families wanting to get healthier.
Once you start to look for smoothie recipes, you’ll hear people talk about fruit smoothies, yogurt smoothies, protein smoothies, green smoothies, red smoothies…. The list goes on and on.
Variety and options are a good thing. They help you find smoothie recipes that you and your kids enjoy drinking that also help you fulfil your nutritional needs.
Let’s run through some of the basics to give you a basic understanding of the types of smoothies out there. This will also help you find smoothie recipes your kids will enjoy too as you begin to incorporate them into your family meal plan.
These are usually the first types of smoothies people try. You blend up fresh and frozen fruit with either water, coconut water, milk, juice or yogurt. There are thousands of recipes out there, but feel free to experiment and come up with something you like. For creamy smoothies add some yogurt or banana. For lighter smoothies, stick with frozen berries and coconut water.
You can easily adjust the consistency of your smoothies by adding more or less liquid. Mix and match fruit and try different smoothies until you find a few you enjoy. Try adding things like cocoa powder or peanut butter for different flavors.
The big benefit of green smoothies is that they incorporate lots of fresh veggies in addition to the fruit. Think of them as a big drinkable salad. They can be sweet or savory. For best results add lots of leafy greens like spinach, lettuce, kale, and chard to your smoothies.
The color of your smoothie will be bright green. This can take a little getting used to, but once you take your first sip of a good green smoothie, you’ll never look back. The trick in the beginning is to add plenty of fresh fruit.
As time goes by, you may choose to reduce the amount of fruit in your smoothies and increase the greens. For a delicious and simple green smoothie blend one banana with one head of romaine lettuce. Add enough water or coconut water to get the consistency you like and drink up.
Red smoothies are similar to green smoothies but add lots of delicious “red” foods like red beets, berries, raw cocoa powder etc. They also include lots of fresh greens. The idea with red smoothies is to add lots of nutrients that help you detox and nourish your body. They make a great addition to “regular” green smoothies.
Last but not least, let’s talk about protein smoothies. These are fruit smoothies that you add a scoop of protein powder too, or use natural sources of protein like peanut butter, hemp, or Greek yogurt. They make for a filling meal and a great recovery drink after a hard workout.
Of course you can mix and match and come up with your own variations and combinations that please your taste buds and fulfil your nutritional needs and find something the kids will love.