Even though it's summertime and I work at home, my kids and I have been on-the-go a lot lately. That means that while they usually have a good sit-down breakfast, I don't always. Thank goodness for smoothies!
Whether it's a snack or a quickie breakfast, smoothies are a fabulous way to get some nutrition in an easy, accessible way. And best of all, it takes little effort to whip up a great one.
My current favorite smoothie is my Banana Pineapple Smoothie, which is icy and cooling, but also totally flavorful and filling. The coconut water is fab in it too.
Meanwhile, my son loves yogurt-based smoothies like our Strawberry Banana Yogurt Smoothie. He typically drinks it as an afternoon snack, and it totally kills his late afternoon hunger.
Looking for something a little different? Check out the Berry Peachy Smoothie, Creamy Mango Smoothies and the recipe for Banana-Orange Sunrise, which would all be fabulous for breakfast or a delicious snack.
Of course the title of this was power smoothies ... so how do you get a power smoothie? Well, make one that is low on the added sugar and high on the nutrient spectrum (as in lots of fresh fruit and good ingredients).
Want to turn up the power on your next smoothie? Try one of these fabulous power add-ins.
- Low-fat dairy ingredients such as yogurt and milk
- Tofu, which is a good source of soy protein, according to WebMD
- Greens like baby spinach, Swiss chard or (in moderation) kale
- Flaxseeds, which according to World's Healthiest Foods are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids
Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah's Cucina Bella.