Last year, juicing was all the rage in my house. This year, we have moved in a similar but slightly different direction…smoothies! Thanks to my friend Jen and her facebook posts about the delicious smoothies that she made with her family, we have started to make smoothies too. Now don’t get me wrong, I still love juicing but making smoothies requires less cleaning in the end. The one thing about juicing that I hate is having to take apart and clean the juicer when we are done.
Making smoothies allows us to use most of the same ingredients, but creates a frozen concoction that my kids can’t resist. We initially started with your typical type of smoothies. You know, bananas, yogurt, ice and orange juice. This is delicious but not quite healthy enough if you ask me. The cool thing about smoothies is that some frozen fruit can really hide the taste of all the healthy stuff.
There are 2 things that I always put into each smoothie. These are wheat germ and flaxseed meal. If you are not familiar with these two things I highly recommend that you check out these links and learn about all the awesome health benefits of wheat germ and flaxseed. Just a word of warning though with regards to flaxseed. It can have a mild laxative effect so you may not want to add too much at once. We add about a 1/4 of wheat germ and 2 tbsp. of flaxseed to each blender full of smoothies.
Now let’s move on to the recipe for what I have to call the tastiest avocado smoothie ever. I love avocados and both of my kids did when they were toddlers, but now as preschoolers they have become much pickier eaters. This is where the whole smoothie thing comes in. This is a great way to sneak in the healthy stuff without getting any complaints or whining from the kids.
The ingredients are: (makes 4 smoothies)
1/2 ripe avocado
6 oz. container greek yogurt (any fruit flavor you like)
1/4 c. wheat germ
2 tbsp. flaxseed meal
1.5 cups frozen mango
5-10 ice cubes depending on how thick you like it
1.5-2 c. orange juice
Blend all of these together until rich and creamy. We swap out the type of fruit daily depending on what we have on hand. I buy my frozen fruit at Trader Joe’s. I think they have the best selection and the prices on frozen fruit can not be beat.
Once you try this you will be hooked and proud to give yourself and your family such a delicious snack. We make these smoothies almost everyday after school and I feel good knowing that they are getting lots of vitamins, protein from the greek yogurt, omega 3′s from the avocado and much more. Please let me know how it turns out if you try it. Happy blending!
What’s your favorite ingredient to add to smoothies? I would love to hear from you!
If you love avocados as much as I do, check out this recipe for Avocado Egg Salad! This recipe was create by an awesome blogger who focuses on nutrition and fitness. I can’t wait to try this!