Sep 182013
 
kids plus smoothies

Have you heard the expression “we are what we eat”? Well, if you haven’t, it is very much true. What we put into the engines we call our bodies in very large part defines what type of engine we are. So, if this is true, why don’t we all just eat what is healthy and provides the different nutrients we need? And, even more importantly–how do we make sure our kids get the vitamins and minerals they need with natural foods. Well, smoothies can help. Hence the title of this post: “Kids Plus Smoothies”.

For example, by now we should all agree that our overall health is very much improved when we eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables daily. Yes many, many of us do not even come close to that amount. Why is that?

Well, there are different reasons but the most frequently heard are:

– The fruits and/or vegetables are not in season
– With all the peeling and cutting, they are just too hard to prepare
– It is a challenge to work them into the family meals because the kids just won’t eat fruit or vegetables

Pardon me for saying so, but these, and many more, are just excuses and not valid reasons not to eat healthier.

Walk into virtually any supermarket and you will find a spectacular assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables at any time of the year. And the frozen section has an even larger selection of frozen fruit and vegetables. You can even get fruit and vegetable from either frozen or bottled juices. Really, there’s no excuse not to eat healthy.

But it can get boring eating the same stuff day in day out and there is no question that there is preparation time involved so what is needed is a quick, easy way to get the nutrients into our diets. And our kids are always looking for something different too!

Fruit smoothie recipes are an easy solution. Fruit smoothies are easy to make, don’t require exact ingredients and provide that meal in between when we get so hungry. Kids love the colors, the different flavors and can have a whole lot of fun helping to make them. Smoothies are a great way to get your kids to put on their chef hats and get excited about cooking!

Rather than snacking on high sodium, high fat snack treats, that only make us thirsty and unsatisfied, you can enjoy the richness of a fruit smoothie-changing the ingredients daily, and giving your body a wide variety of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. You can also add supplements to help your body fend off aging conditions. For example, adding a teaspoon of chia seedwhich is rich with Omega 3’s, is a definite metabolism booster with the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants your body needs for both healthy aging and healthy living.

Here is but one example of many juicer recipes that work for breakfast, lunch, or snack. This one uses bananas, which are available all year, as are papayas; and they make a wonderful taste combination.

Tomorrow, try this:

– 1 cup of yogurt (plain, vanilla or banana)
– 1 cup of frozen banana slices
– 1/2 large, ripe papaya, peeled, seeded and chopped
– 1 teaspoon Chia seed

Blend in your juicer until it reaches the consistency you prefer then enjoy!

Making fruit smoothie recipes part of your daily meal plans is, by far, the easiest way to add the daily requirements of fruit and vegetables.

Kids Plus Smoothies

Avocado Orange Fruit Smoothie – When You Want Something Different

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Sep 062013
 

Delicious and different– you are going to love this Avocado Orange fruit smoothie! The mix offers a really tasty combination of creamy avocado, tart and refreshing oranges, and a bit of raspberries as well.

Its also easy to turn this smoothie treat into a nutrition powerhouse just by adding a tablespoon of Chia seed. Chia is a natural seed that adds a large measure of nutrition including heart healthy, cholesterol fighting omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Even better, unlike Flax, Chia doesn’t have a noticeable taste of its own so adding it here won’t change the delicious results. You can order Chia directly from Amazon by clicking on the link in the recipe.

In your favorite blender mix:

– 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries
– 3/4 cup of cold orange juice
– 3/4 cup of chilled Ocean Spray cran-raspberry juice
– 1 avocado, seeded, peeled and cut in chunks
– 1 tbsp. Chia seed



Avocado Orange Fruit Smoothie

Aug 172013
 

Smoothies are easy to make, and this banana cherry smoothie recipe is a great source of vitamin C and adds fiber to your daily diet. It is a twist to a cherry juicer recipe because it uses black cherry juice concentrate-and what a wonderful flavor it makes. If you like cherries, you need to try this recipe very soon.

Its also easy to turn this Banana Cherry smoothie treat into a nutrition powerhouse just by adding a tablespoon of Chia seed. Chia is a natural seed that adds a large measure of nutrition including heart healthy, cholesterol fighting omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Even better, unlike Flax, Chia doesn’t have a noticeable taste of its own so adding it here won’t change the delicious results.

In your favorite blender mix:

– 1 cup of frozen cherries
– ½ cup frozen banana chips
– 1 tablespoon of Black Cherry Concentrate
– 1 cup non-fat Yoplait Cherry Orchard yogurt
– 1 Tbsp. Chia seed



Banana Cherry Smoothie

Healthy Eating Tips: Easy to Make Peach Smoothie

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Aug 172013
 

A healthy eating tips for a great smoothie If you would like a smoothie that doesn’t take a lot of time yet is still healthy and tasty, this is for you! Just two ingredients come together to create a really tasty peach smoothie.

Peaches are a popular fruit in many dishes from desserts to salads. Me, I like them sliced on cereal in the morning and, of course, in a smoothie.

This is a pure peach smoothie with just two ingredients. It is equally good either using frozen peach slices of, if you have the time, freshly sliced peaches.

Its also easy to turn this peach smoothie treat into a nutrition powerhouse just by adding a tablespoon of Chia seed. Chia is a natural seed that adds a large measure of nutrition including heart healthy, cholesterol fighting omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Even better, unlike Flax, Chia doesn’t have a noticeable taste of its own so adding it here won’t change the delicious results.

In your favorite blender mix:

  • 1 cup of frozen peach slices
  • 1 carton of low-fat peach yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp.Chia seed


Healthy Eating Tips