3 Summer Smoothies for Active Kids

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It’s heating up here in Delaware and kids are going to need healthy hydration and meal options. I know my own kiddos don’t like to eat much on hot days so I try to keep lots of cold snacks and meals on hand in the summer months for them to choose from. We keep things like yogurt, cheese cubes, various fruits, vegetables, grilled meats, and dips in the fridge so that cold-cut platters can be arranged quickly for lunch or dinner.

But some of our favorite standby options are smoothies. Smoothies aren’t just a great meal replacement, they also are an awesome way to replace lost trace minerals and nutrients from playing outside in the heat. My 11-year-old is famous for forgetting to eat and hydrate while playing and we now set timers for him to remember to come in to drink a glass of water, eat something, or in most cases, grab a smoothie. He loves an ice-cold smoothie after playing hard with his friends and has often told me that he feels so much better after drinking one!

With good reason! Smoothies are a liquified blend of protein, electrolytes, minerals, and vitamins that are easily digestible and assimilate into the body quickly for use. Depending on which ingredients you use, a smoothie can provide most of your vitamin requirements, if not all in just one or two servings. And they are also a great way to sneak in some veggies your kiddo might not otherwise eat- parent win

While we love our freeze pops in the summer like any other American family, we do try to limit those sugary treats and opt for healthier options when we can. Here are three summer smoothies that we love for active kids to replenish their fluids as needed!

Mango-Peach Vanilla

This smoothie is tasty! (and kiddos won’t even care about the added spinach!) Packed with nutrients, protein, and trace minerals, it’s a great thirst quencher and replenisher for a hot day- make sure to use lots of ice to make it frosty!

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 cup Water (or more to thin smoothie as needed)
  • ½ cup Vanilla yogurt
  • Ice
  • Stevia or sweetener of choice (optional)

Place ingredients in a blender and blend on high till smooth. Add ice cubes one at a time until it reaches the frosty consistency your kiddo likes. Serve immediately.

Tropical Green Punch

Frozen pineapple, banana, and orange combine to give a sweet tropical flavor that kids love. Rich in vitamins C and manganese, along with other vitamins and minerals, it’s a great choice to replace lost fluids after outdoor play.

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup Frozen Pineapple chunks
  •  ½ Banana
  • 1 peeled Cutie Orange
  • 1 cup Plant milk
  • A handful of greens of choice (we use a power greens salad blend from Costco)
  • Ice
  • Stevia or sweetener of choice (optional)

Place ingredients in a blender and blend on high till smooth. Add water to thin if needed. Add ice cubes one at a time until it reaches the frosty consistency your kiddo likes. Serve immediately.

CherryBerrylicious Coconut Dream

The fat content from this smoothie is great for kiddos who need something a little more substantial. It’s also packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

 

You’ll Need:

  • ½ cup Frozen berry mix
  • ½ cup Frozen cherries
  • 1 can Coconut milk
  • Handful of spinach
  • Ice
  • Stevia or sweetener of choice (optional)
  • Water to thin if neede

Place ingredients in a blender and blend on high till smooth. Add water to thin if needed. Add ice cubes one at a time until it reaches the frosty consistency your kiddo likes. Serve immediately.

Stock up on ingredients and get organized with smoothie packs

Making smoothies is always easier when you are organized ahead of time. In the summer, I like to make “smoothie packs” ahead of time to keep in the freezer so that all I have to do is “dump and blend” for a quick mid-morning or afternoon drink.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Gather your ingredients
  2. Use quart-sized freezer Ziploc bags to divide your ingredients up
  3. Measure out your frozen fruits, greens, and yogurt into the bags and store them in the freezer until you are ready to use them.
  4. When you’re ready to make a smoothie, pull out a pack, dump it into the blender, add your liquids, sweetener, and ice and blend away!

Make your smoothies into frozen treats!

Kiddo can’t drink all of the smoothies in one setting? Turn them into popsicles! We use these molds for our older kids and these smaller ones for our toddlers. (aff. link)

Simply fill the molds with your leftover smoothie and freeze for another day!

Enjoy!

 

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