Colourful smoothies are an easy and pocket-friendly (not to mention delicious) way to get kids to drink up their fruits and veggies. You can use fresh or frozen fruit and veg to bulk up your smoothies and save on food waste. Pick your favourite fruity combination from our top five and whip up something the kids will love.
Because of the natural sugars and acid in fruit, these shouldn't be an everyday contribution to their 5-a-day, but a fun treat every once in a while. You can help protect little gnashers by serving these special smoothies with a meal or a snack, rather than on their own. Read more about how to keep your children's teeth safe in our handy guide by experts at the British Dental Assocation.
You can get some more inspiration for healthier kids' drinks by following these NHS guidelines.
For little tummies, we would also recommend reducing the serving sizes of the recipes below to 125ml.
1. Avocado & strawberry smoothie
This creamy strawberry blend needs minimal prep and has plenty of calcium for growing bones. Our healthy fruity mix uses avocado, natural yogurt and milk to create a thick, velvety texture. Add a little water if it's a little too thick to pour. Try serving at lunch for a filling and fruity burst of flavour.
2. Banana, honey & hazelnut smoothie
If your kids are fans of something sweet, try our simple dairy-free banana, honey & hazelnut smoothie. This satisfying snack is made with soya milk, chopped nuts, banana and a hint of warming nutmeg spices. Blitz everything until smooth and if you're feeling daring, top with toasted, chopped hazelnuts. This satisfying mix is perfect for kids who aren't fans of strong citrussy flavours.
3. Breakfast smoothie
Make the most of a summer glut with our brilliant berry smoothie. This glass of fruity goodness uses whatever berries you have to hand, or a mix if you'd like a combination of flavours. We recommend using water to top up your smoothie while blending to get the consistency you like. You could also use a low-fat natural yogurt to make it extra creamy.
4. Creamy mango & coconut smoothie
Our creamy mango & coconut smoothie will give you a taste of the tropical and takes just five minutes to make. This easy vegan recipe is just sweet enough and tastes deliciously indulgent. Use frozen mango chunks if you don't fancy chopping the real deal. The coconut milk and yogurt make the perfect smooth consistency with a hint of exotic flavour.
5. Super berry smoothie
Need a thrifty fruit boost? Try our super berry smoothie, using frozen mixed berries and oats. You only need a grand total of five ingredients to whizz up this perfectly pink drink, and the oats mean it's extra filling. Add some water to the blending process if it's slightly too thick. This smoothie is the perfect balance of sweet and sharp. We guarantee it'll be a regular in your house in no time.
Need some inspiration for scrumptious kids' recipes? Check out our healthy kids' collection for family-friendly meal ideas.
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