Kids Cook Monday Recipe: Smoothies

Our favourites is strawberry and banana!
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Cook Time

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • Yields: Fills 2 10oz glasses

Cooking With Kids

Kids relish the opportunity to make choices. They love to experiment and be hands-on. Smoothies are a quick and healthy treat that gives your child all three. Smoothies are great for moms and dads on the go, as well.

The following is more of a guideline than a traditional recipe since smoothies are a more relaxed food. The point of this article is to add “eaze” to the making of smoothies.


Your Child(ren)’s Participation

This recipe is simple enough that your child can make it with little-to-no adult involvement, especially if using pre-cut fruit.

Ingredients

The great thing about this recipe is that measurements don’t matter and just about anything goes (even veggies!!). The basics foundation of a smoothie is generally banana, however there are other solid fruit or veggies that can be used. Next, you need juice to help the ingredients blend and act as a sweetener. There are also things you can add if you want add some creaminess.

The secret to making a good smoothie is to experiment until you find combos that work for you. Here are some ideas:


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Grab some of your favourite ingredients.Put them all in a blender or smoothie maker.Blend until smooth :-)
Grab some of your favourite ingredients.
Grab some of your favourite ingredients. | Source
Put them all in a blender or smoothie maker.
Put them all in a blender or smoothie maker. | Source
Blend until smooth :-)
Blend until smooth :-) | Source

Basic Foundations

  • Banana
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Chick Peas, (adds fibre and substance without lending a distinct flavour)


Subtle Sweeteners

  • Pear juice
  • Peach juice
  • Fruit punch


Bold Sweeteners

  • Pineapple juice
  • Orange juice


Ingredients to add creaminess:

  • Milk (almond, rice or regular)
  • Yogurt (with or without fruit)
  • Peanut Butter


Ingredients to avoid:

  • Coconut (the milk is okay, but not the meat)
  • Pears (gives a gritty texture)
  • Fruit seeds and pits
  • Fruit skin from grapes, cherries, apples, etc.


Look around your kitchen and see what you have handy.


Kitchen Rules

  • Keep hands and fingers away from the blades of the blender/smoothie machine.
  • Knives point away from people.

For more safety information when cooking with children, read Setting Kitchen Rules.

Bringing it Together

→ Cut any ingredients that need to be into small chunks;

→ Add your ingredients to a blender or smoothie maker;

→ Blend until creamy;

→ Pour into a glass and enjoy.



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Maddie Ruud 4 years ago from Oakland, CA

Smoothies are a great way to get kids involved in making their own food. The great thing about smoothies is, everyone can choose their favorite ingredients!


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I Am Rosa 4 years ago from Canada Author

Exactly! It's super fun :-)

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