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Smoothies for Kids - a no brainer!


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It's just crazy not to make smoothies for kids, in fact it's a no brainer!

Every child loves a smoothie and it's such a great way to get them to take fruit and vegetables at which they might otherwise turn their noses up.

Ask a child if they would prefer to eat an orange or drink an orange smoothie?

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Kids nutritional needs

Children need a balanced diet - this means giving them a good mix of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Fruit and vegetables should form a large part of their diet and smoothies can help as they can even disguise fruits and vegetables that children might dislike.

Proteins - for growing muscles, skin and hair
Carbohydrates - for energy
Fat - for energy and vitamins
Vitmains - for digestion, healing and growing
Minerals - for building strong bones
Fibre - for a healthy digestive system

Offer water

It's all too easy with today's life style to forgot how valuable a simple glass of water is. Water cleans away toxins and waste products while keeping the kidney filters going, with the added bonus that it is cheap.

Allergies

If your child is allergic to dairy products use alternatives such as soya milk or coconut milk. Today thank goodness there are many non dairy ice creams in the supermarket to choose from so it shouldn't be a problem finding something suitable for your child. For more suggestions visit our non dairy page.

Remember when you are making smoothies for kids they can develop an allergy to anything so introduce new fruits and vegetables slowly to their diet just to be on the safe side.

There are so many different combinations of smoothies, the list is endless, just get those creative juices working!

You will need a blender to make smoothies for kids.


Chocolate Lemonade Smoothie

serves 1
  • 2 tsps of powder drinking chocolate
  • 2bls milk
  • 2tbls chocolate ice cream
  • 1 cup of fizzy lemonade
  • 3 ice cubes
Put everything into a blender except the lemonade and smoothe for a minute. Add the lemonade - slowly and carefully as it might bubble over the glass. Pour into a tall glass and serve.


Banana Smoothie

served 4
  • 600 ml cold milk
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 4 tbls of vanilla ice cream
Chop the banana first before mixing everything together in a blender and serve with a few ice cubes.


Peach and Orange Smoothie

serves 4
  • 400g can of peaches in juice
  • 150g peach yogurt
  • 200ml fresh orange juice
  • honey to sweeten
Put the peaches with the juice into the blender and smoothe. Pour the orange juice, yogurt and honey into the blender and smoothe for a minute. Pour into a glass to serve with ice cubes.


Strawberry Chocolate

This smoothie can be served as a dessert as it includes custard making, so it is quite filling.
  • 50g chocolate spread
  • 50g strawberries
  • 100g canned or cold homemade custard
  • 100m soya milk or cows milk
Mix all the ingredients together in a blender and serve in a glass with ice cubes. Drink straight away. I hope you enjoyed this page on smoothies for kids.

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