With the combination of having a bit of a sweet tooth and striving to maintain a healthy lifestyle, along with supporting my energy output as mama and fitness instructor, nutritious and delicious smoothies are a top pick for me. They’ve also been a great addition to my one-year-old’s palate. These nutrient-packed sippers are an easy way to add more vitamins, minerals, amino acids (protein), essential fats, and fiber to your and your little one’s diet. Recently, I’ve posted a few photos of my smoothie creations on Instagram and some friends have asked me to share the recipes with them. So, this is for you my friends and for all of you other healthy lifestyle seekers out there!
Whether you’re trying to start your day off right with an energy-booster, craving a protein-packed post-workout snack or simply finding ways to sneak in more fruits and veggies (especially for those kiddos), smoothies are a great option. My two favorites are a nutrient-packed Berry Veggie Smoothie (energy-booster) and a protein-packed PB&B Smoothie (post-workout fuel). Now, just to warn you, I mix these up in the blender like an Italian chef cooks (thanks to my Italian husband’s encouragement) by throwing in a little of this here and a little of that there, but I’ll do my best to articulate. Practice makes perfect, right? So just keep blending!
Berry Veggie Smoothie (1-2 servings)
- 1 cup Kefir – I prefer raspberry or pomegranate (excellent source protein, calcium and probiotic for digestive health)
- 1/2 fresh or frozen banana (potassium…check!)
- 1 handful of frozen organic strawberries (fiber and antioxidants…check, check!)
- 1 handful of frozen organic blueberries (ditto to above)
- 2 large handfuls of spinach (vitamins and minerals galore…superfood!)
- 2 tablespoons Chia Seed (excellent source of omega fatty acids, protein, vitamins, minerals and soluble fiber…another superfood!)
- 1 small handful of ice cubes
Tip: Make buying and using organic fruits and veggies easy and affordable by purchasing them in bulk in the frozen food aisle. It is generally less expensive than buying fresh and they last longer in the freezer!)
PB&B Smoothie (1-2 servings)
- 1o ounces milk (cow’s, soy or almond…plain or chocolate… an excellent source of calcium either way! I prefer Kemps Organic milk)
- 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter (protein-packed)
- 1 fresh or frozen banana (potassium…check!)
- 1 small handful of ice cubes
Another reason I love smoothies so much is that you can get creative and add variety on a daily basis by choosing different fruits, veggies or proteins to mix in. Try adding broccoli or kale instead of spinach, or frozen mango instead of strawberries in the Berry Veggie Smoothie. Try almond butter instead of peanut butter in the PB&B Smoothie.
Along with the variety in taste, you can serve them in various ways too! I am looking forward to pouring these into my popsicle maker this summer and serving them to Rocco on a hot sunny day. My brother and his fiance gave me a fun and modern one last year for my birthday called the Zoku. I’m excited to put it to use!
Is your baby teething? An icy cold, fruit and veggie popsicle might be just what the doctor ordered to ease that little ones gums. The list goes on and on!
Hopefully, these recipes get you started in your smoothie making adventure or contribute to your ongoing obsession. Cheers to nutritious and delicious options and a healthy lifestyle for you and you little ones along the way!
xoxo – mama brooks