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Kid Friendly & Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Updated on March 7, 2012

Quick & Easy to Make Together

Your child will love making this healthy snack and it's fun to let them decide their own ingredients and make it themselves.

Our whole family enjoyed creating this delicious treat and spending some time together. Smoothie's are a great recipe idea to serve up for your younger child's playdate or even at a sleepover party for older kids. Idea: Have each child bring one ingredient and combine to create a blend of flavors.

Breakfast, Snack or Dessert

Smoothies are a nutritious grab and go breakfast choice, as long as you have a few minutes to prepare them. They are a wholesome after school snack, as well as a healthy dessert. Tip: For a sweeter treat top with Trader Joe's fresh ground Cinnamon & Sugar or Sugar, Chocoloate, & Coffee Bean blend.

It's important to have a nice variety of fruits, yogurt and juices to choose from for a create your own smoothie party, but whatever you have on hand also works well.

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Having kids help in the kitchen helps them to learn to cook and about proper nutritionSuggested smoothie ingredientsSuggested toppings to sprinkle on smoothies for a delicate dessert
Having kids help in the kitchen helps them to learn to cook and about proper nutrition
Having kids help in the kitchen helps them to learn to cook and about proper nutrition | Source
Suggested smoothie ingredients
Suggested smoothie ingredients | Source
Suggested toppings to sprinkle on smoothies for a delicate dessert
Suggested toppings to sprinkle on smoothies for a delicate dessert | Source

Ingredients

There are three basic ingredients to making a smoothie:

  • Frozen or fresh fruit
  • Yogurt
  • Juice or some other liquid drink

Frozen or fresh fruit

It's fun to get creative. Here are some fruits suggestions we have used to make smoothies:

  • Strawberries
  • Pinapple
  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Mango

Yogurt

For the yogurt, we most often use:

  • plain Greek yogurt
  • vanilla flavored yogurt

Note: For a dairy free smoothie, try substituting the yogurt for silken tofu.

Beverage

There is an endless selection of drinks you could use to make your smoothie even more healthy and delicious. A few suggestions are:

  • orange juice
  • apple juice
  • milk (cow, almond, soy, coconut)

Serving

For added creativity and fun, serve your smoothie's in unusual cups, such as goblets, plastic champagne glasses, tea cups or with bendy straws.

Directions

Making a smoothie is pretty simple, just add all ingredients to your blender and puree until smooth.

Tip: It's best to add less liquid at first and gradually add more as needed to achieve the desired consistency.

William's Smoothie, age 6

  • 1/2 cup Banana yogurt
    (combine 1 banana with 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt, blend with immersion blender)
  • 1/3 cup Strawberry juice
    (thaw frozen strawberries or place over low heat in pan with a little water, blend with immersion blender until smooth)
  • 6-8 Frozen strawberries

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Breaking up banana to add to vanilla yogurtUsing immersion blender to make banana yogurtAdding frozen strawberries to blenderAdding banana yogurt to blenderWilliam's smoothie served in a skull goblet and garnished with an orange slice
Breaking up banana to add to vanilla yogurt
Breaking up banana to add to vanilla yogurt | Source
Using immersion blender to make banana yogurt
Using immersion blender to make banana yogurt | Source
Adding frozen strawberries to blender
Adding frozen strawberries to blender | Source
Adding banana yogurt to blender
Adding banana yogurt to blender | Source
William's smoothie served in a skull goblet and garnished with an orange slice
William's smoothie served in a skull goblet and garnished with an orange slice | Source

Jack's Smoothie, age 9

  • 6 Frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/3 cup frozen pineapple tidbits
  • cinnamon/sugar topping

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Adding organic vanilla yogurt to smoothie in blenderPouring orange juice into blenderPureeing smoothie in blenderJack's smoothie topped with cinnamon/sugar topping in a skull goblet and garnished with an orange slice
Adding organic vanilla yogurt to smoothie in blender
Adding organic vanilla yogurt to smoothie in blender | Source
Pouring orange juice into blender
Pouring orange juice into blender | Source
Pureeing smoothie in blender
Pureeing smoothie in blender | Source
Jack's smoothie topped with cinnamon/sugar topping in a skull goblet and garnished with an orange slice
Jack's smoothie topped with cinnamon/sugar topping in a skull goblet and garnished with an orange slice | Source
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Mom's banana, pineapple, coconut milk & vanilla yogurt smoothie, topped with sugar, chocolate, & coffee bean ground topping.Dad's blueberry, orange, yogurt & honey smoothie, garnished with an orange slice.
Mom's banana, pineapple, coconut milk & vanilla yogurt smoothie, topped with sugar, chocolate, & coffee bean ground topping.
Mom's banana, pineapple, coconut milk & vanilla yogurt smoothie, topped with sugar, chocolate, & coffee bean ground topping. | Source
Dad's blueberry, orange, yogurt & honey smoothie, garnished with an orange slice.
Dad's blueberry, orange, yogurt & honey smoothie, garnished with an orange slice. | Source

Mom's Smoothie

  • 1/3 cup frozen pineapple tidbits
  • 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 fresh banana
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • sugar, chocolate, & coffee bean topping

Dad's Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey

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      veggie-mom 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Michelle!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I love this and the recipes from kids and you, of course! Awesome!

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      veggie-mom 5 years ago

      Thank you, Turtlewoman, Jack will be so proud to hear about your smoothie selection, I do have to admit that they were all super delicious!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      This is so cute! You named the smoothies after each member in the family! I would prefer Jack's smoothie, simply because I love pineapple bits.

      Voted up! :-)

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      veggie-mom 5 years ago

      Sounds delicious, Maddie! I did not know about freezing yogurt, I use to freeze homemade baby food in ice cube trays and this method would probably work really well for yogurt & I often add flax seed or flax meal to bread & muffins, but had not ever considered adding to smoothies. Such great ideas, thanks!

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      Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      I drink smoothies almost every day! I put yogurts into the freezer and pull them out as needed, along with fruit, OJ, and some flax!

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      veggie-mom 5 years ago

      Smoothies are such a great excuse to get out the blender & it's a fun recipe to make with your kids! Thanks for checking out my hub, Brainy Bunny, let me know which ingredients you decide to blend up.

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Mmmmmmm, smoothies! I should dust off my blender . . .

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      veggie-mom 5 years ago

      Thank you, Veronica! We really had such a fun time picking out our own ingredients and tasting each of the smoothies!

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      Veronica Roberts 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      That's cute that the kids have their own smoothie recipe, and help make it! =]

      This is a wonderful hub. I've bookmarked it for later use.

      Voted up & useful!