Summertime, and the livin’ is… humid!
I don’t know where you live, but it gets pretty hot and muggy here in the summer. Sometimes it’s just too hot to eat. The kids want a snack, and they’re asking for something cold. Rather than reach for something quick, easy, and packaged for them, try this! My kids are suckers for smoothies. They feel like they’re getting a milkshake, but you know that it’s full of nutritious fruits. Children can also help with many of the steps, including measuring fruit, adding ingredients to the blender, and pushing buttons on the blender–once the lid is on!
To save time, pre-measure the fruit you want in each smoothie recipe in bags in the freezer so you’re ready for the next smoothie snack time! Any combination of 4 cups of fruit (preferably frozen) that strikes your fancy! See tips for freezing your strawberries here.
For a tip, see instructions at the bottom for making these into your own homemade popsicles! Even more refreshing after running around the pool or sprinkler. Happy summer!
This recipe was featured in the July 2015 issue of Family Magazine.
What you need:
- 4 c. fruit of your choice, preferably frozen
- For Strawberry-Blueberry-Banana: 2 c. strawberries, 1 c. blueberries, 1 whole banana (you don’t need to freeze the banana)
- For Blueberry-Peach: 2-3 c. blueberries, 1-2 c. peaches
- 4 oz. vanilla yogurt
- 1/4 c. orange juice
- 1/4-1/2 c. milk
Time: 5 minutes
Freezeable: Yes! See the tip at the bottom for freezing this recipe as popsicles.
Serves: Makes 6 (6oz) servings
Multiplying the recipe: Mix this in individual batches so that it can fit in your blender!
Summertime Fruit Smoothies:
Place all ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth. Add more milk if necessary to reach desired thickness.
Summertime Fruit Smoothie Popsicles!
If you have popsicle molds, simply pour the prepared smoothie into the molds and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper freezing.
If you don’t have molds, you can use plastic cups or large ice cube trays, plastic wrap, and wooden popsicle sticks. Simply pour in the smoothie, cover it with plastic wrap, make a small hole in the center of the plastic wrap, and stick the popsicle stick through the hole. Voila! Healthy snack and craft project all rolled up together!