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How are you doing with your fruit and vegetable servings per day? I know a lot of people struggle with getting in your recommended 5 plus servings a day. Our homestead favorite smoothie recipes are an easy way to get all those fruit and veggies in.
Smoothies are also usually packed with super food which include lots of nutrition, vitamins and minerals that many of us are lacking. So trying to get one smoothie in every day is a great way to meet lots of your body’s needs.
Many smoothies are super yummy, and kids won’t even know that they are eating something good for them! Since everything is blended together, they won’t even know what is in them most of the time. Throw some blueberries in and turn it a fun shade of purple and your kids will be hooked!
Some fun smoothie ideas for kids:
One thing I like so much about smoothies, is their flexibility. The basics are the same, some liquid, and some fruit or veggie.
Want it colder? Add some ice. Want it heartier? Add some yogurt. Want it thicker? Add less liquid. Want it thinner? Add more liquid. One flavor too strong? Leave it out. Make the recipes your own!
As a homesteader, we try and grow most of our own fruit and vegetables every year, and a lot of it ends up in the freezer. Smoothies are a great way to use that up! Frozen berries, frozen apples, pears, peaches, plums and other fruits! See my article How to Freeze Your Berry Harvest
Even vegetables can be frozen from the garden and used in smoothies. Slice up your carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers and zucchini and throw them in the freezer too! And lets not forget the greens! Spinach, Kale, Chard, can all be frozen easily to be added into smoothies later.
Juices are also easy to make from the bounty of your garden. We always can up a bunch of apple juice or apple cider, grape juice, even pear juice!
Juices made from your own homestead garden, are so much better for you than store bought. You know exactly what is in them, and YOU get to decide if you want to add sugar and how much! No preservatives, additives or other nonsense to deal with.
For even more nutrition, I love adding in different super food mixes from YourSuper.com. (That there is an affiliate link, but you will get 15% off if you click through there and purchase something!)
They have created a bunch of wonderful products that are all certified organic NON-GMO, gluten, dairy and soy free, 100% plant based with no additives or sweeteners. This is the type of company I want to support!
The owner developed this company when her husband got cancer, creating nutrient rich super foods to help him in his fight in regaining his health. I love adding these to my smoothies for an added boost, whether is is a Protein boost, and Energy boost or just some added greens!
For all of my favorite smoothies, I will generally use water for the liquid. You could also use dairy milk, or for plant based options, soy, almond or coconut milk are always popular.
My teeth are sensitive to cold, so I don’t add extra ice, but you can. I typically will also add 1 TBSN of ground flax seed or chia seed or hemp seed, whatever we have on hand. I will usually use the Your Super Skinny Protein and Super Greens also and possibly some other Your Super additions if I feel like it!
Start Your Day with a Spinach Smoothie from Carol at Comfort Spring Station
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