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Super Smoothies

 

If your kids are anything like mine they’ll be running around barefoot, in shorts and a t-shirt and begging for an ice cold smoothie, even in the middle of winter!!

So I put down by hot water bottle, wrap my dressing gown around me a little tighter and scuffle my slippered feet over to the kitchen as requested :P

Smoothies are a great first step to getting your kids involved in the kitchen. They love adding in all the different fruit and veg, scooping and spooning the little extra ingredients in, pouring in the liquid and getting to blend it all up!

When it comes to making a well balanced smoothie, I like to make sure there are both fruit and veg, a source of good fats and a bit of a rainbow effect so you know they're getting a wide range of vitamins and minerals.

Here’s a little mum-hack for you; cut up all those half eaten apples, pears, bananas, mandarins etc that your kids just love to leave on their plate/in their lunchbox/just laying around, and pop them into a container in the freezer to add to their smoothies! Saves on waste and also on buying extra frozen fruit just for smoothies!

I also do this with any spare avocados, cut them in half, remove the pip, scoop out of the skin and pop them in the freezer too!

If you have the time, free-flow freezing the fruit by laying it on a  Silicone Mat lined baking tray before adding it to an air-tight container, will ensure they don’t all stick together so they are easier to grab and chuck into smoothies.

We always add in a few scoops of the  Nutra Organics Collagen as it not only packs the smoothie with flavour but it provides your little ones with gut-loving goodness to help support and heal the lining of the gut and intestinal walls, improving gut integrity and digestive strength.


Some of my other favourite smoothie boosters include the NZ made  Norish Smoothie Booster,  Matakana SuperShake and  Nutra Organics Choc Whiz.


IMMUNITY BOOSTING SMOOTHIE

Ingredients


Method

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend well.

Pour into two cups (theMontii Mini Insulated Smoothie Cups are our favourite) and enjoy!



TRASH TO TREASURE SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Frozen Banana
  • 1 Cup Frozen Fruit Scraps
  • 1/2 Large Orange or 1 Whole (peeled) mandarin
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen or Fresh Spinach
  • 400ml Coconut Water
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Nutra Organics Collagen (Lemon Lime works well in this recipe)
  • *optional 1 TbspNorish Smoothie Booster orMatakana Supershake

Method

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend well.

Pour into two cups (theMontii Mini Insulated Smoothie Cups are our favourite) and enjoy!



CREAMY CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Frozen Banana
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen or Fresh Spinach
  • 400ml Nut Milk (we useNutty Bruce orPureHarvestas they don't contain any artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or gums like a lot of other nut milks)
  • 1 Tbsp Nut Butter (we use almond but any will work)
  • 2 TbspNutra Organics Choc Whiz

Method

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend well.

Pour into two cups (theMontii Mini Insulated Smoothie Cups are our favourite) and enjoy!



Collagen, Silicone Mat and Insulated Smoothie Cups available from Little Giants Kids Store with my discount code FRANCES. It is an affiliate code so you will get 10% off and I will get a small percentage of each sale. If you use my code, thank you! It goes toward helping me support my family.

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