Food Friday Featuring: “201 Healthy Smoothies & Juices for Kids”

Lately my three-year-old and I have had something in common that has never occurred before – we are both having a hard time getting in all of our fruits and veggies everyday. This is of course, normal behaviour for him, but abnormal for myself, and since I am growing a baby, I need to be getting as many nutrients I can in my body on top of my prenatal vitamin.

When I was presented with the opportunity to read and review 201 Healthy Smoothie & Juices for Kids by Amy Roskelley – founder of SuperHealthyKids.com – I jumped at the opportunity because my kids LOVE smoothies and homemade juice, and I could really use some new ideas.

The book is separated into five chapters, including “Morning Sunshine: Drinks to Jump-Start the Day”, “Ready for Anything: Drinks on the Go”, and “Just for Fun (and Then Some): Drinks for Dessert”  – and I can say with confidence that I would have never thought up these combinations on my own! There are also tips and ideas under each recipe to provide some short cuts and inspiration which I loved.

We tried out a few throughout the week: Celerapple Frapple (pg. 95), Gold Nugget Smoothie (pg. 31), and Maple Almond Crush (pg. 190), and though my kids didn’t love the texture of the Celerapple Frapple, overall they enjoyed the smoothies very much. And, I learned a thing or two about mixing up combinations and how to create something healthy that is still full of flavor – it’s all about balance.

This book isn’t simply for picky-eaters, it is something that the whole family will enjoy. I recommend picking up a copy and doing some experimentation in your home!

Happy Food Friday!

Gold Nugget Smoothie

(recipe is from  201 Healthy Smoothie & Juices for Kids)

1 cup carrots

3/4 cup pineapple juice

1/2 cup orange juice

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt

 1 cup ice cubes

1. Place carrots and pineapple juice in a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth. If carrots will not blend, soften them lightly in microwave.

2. Add orange juice, honey, and yogurt, and blend until smooth.

3. Add ice cubes and blend one last time until smoothie is desired consistency.

Four 1-cup servings

Disclosure: I was provided a copy of 201 Healthy Smoothies and Juices for Kids. The thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.

Heidi Oran

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