Smoothie Fun for Everyone!
Smoothies are a wonderful option for quick, nutritionally packed snacks and meals for on the go families. Get a good rotation of recipes going and your family will keep on asking for more! Using the right ingredients, you can ensure the smoothies you make are both healthy and filling.
Smoothies are also a great way to feed babies and toddlers who are constantly on the move and prefer exploring to sitting for a meal. Here’s my son at 9 months taking a big swig from his Pura Kiki cup.
Here are some of my favourite smoothie ingredients and the benefits they provide:
Avocado: This is one of the healthiest foods you can add to your daily diet. High in fiber, folate, vitamin E, and B vitamins. It also has twice the amount of potassium as bananas. This adds a nice creamy texture to smoothies and gives you a good punch of lasting energy that is easily burned by the body.
Banana: A great source for potassium, fiber, magnesium, and vitamin B6. Banana provides a creamy texture to smoothies.
Blueberries: Full of antioxidants and rich in vitamin K, calcium and magnesium. Better bone health anyone? Grab a handful of blueberries! This is also a great food to feed your growing babies and kids.
Chia seeds: These little seeds pack a punch full of energy. They are one of the best sources for omega 3s.
Coconut oil: Coconut oil has a wealth of benefits. Its antimicrobial, it can help with losing weight, and it’s good for the heart as its high in saturated fats and helps to convert bad cholesterol into good cholesterol.
Organic baby spinach: Terrific source of vitamin K, A, B2, B6, E, and C, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, protein, fiber, and choline. This is one produce you should always buy organic as it's now second on EWG's Dirty Dozen List.
Frozen organic cherries: High in fiber, protein, vitamins A and C and they’re also a great antioxidant.
Frozen mango: High in fiber and vitamins A and C. It’s also high in natural sugar so is a great addition for a sweet smoothie treat but limit the frequency due to its high sugar content.
Papaya: Another great source of fiber, vitamin C and folate.
Pineapple: Pineapple is exceptionally high in vitamin C, folate, and is the second most common fruit purchased next to bananas.
Kale: Exceptionally high in vitamin K (a great food for expectant mothers and new moms to eat), vitamin C and vitamin A. Kale is high in protein, iron, as well as calcium.
Ginger: Ginger adds a nice zing to your smoothie. Depending on your tastes you can adjust the amount you add. Ginger is a well-known combatant to nausea and stomach upset. Ginger is a wonderful, natural alternative to turn to if you are pregnant and battling morning sickness.
Hemp hearts: Provide the body with stable energy that is burned slowly and keeps you feeling fuller longer. Slow digestion of hemp hearts helps to prevent sugar spikes.
Almond milk: Almond milk provides the body with vitamins A and D and is lactose free.
Coconut milk: This is my favourite milk substitute. It’s a good source of fiber, improves digestion, and provides minerals like magnesium and calcium.
This is just a sample of some of my favourites. Others include strawberries, grapefruit, carrots, maca, and so much more. What are your favourite ingredients? Let me know in the comments below! I'd love to hear from you!