I love the option of a smoothie for kids as it gets warmer, I also love the option of freezing these and including them in the kids lunchboxes during summer. They’re a great way to keep the kids focused and energised for the afternoon at school. It’s not ideal as a meal replacement every day but in small serves it’s a great occasional treat to replace a lunchtime iceblock or to serve alongside some smaller lunchtime bites to break up the sandwich boredom. It’s also a fantastic way to get more vegetables into their diet as these can be mixed in relatively easy and undetected. For those parents with kids who struggle to eat brekkie before early saturday morning sports choose the options with oats and banana, these are a great substitute they can enjoy in the car and you can worry about a larger breakfast post game.
Really important do not add protein supplements to these recipes for kids. They can’t tolerate the protein load/ stress on their kidneys and too much can really dehydrate them, always stick to putting pure wholefood goodness in your blender.
You can get really creative with recipes as I’ve listed below.
Blend the mixture and freeze in ice cube trays, then once frozen transfer the frozen cubes to a plastic container in the freezer until ready to use (the same way you would have stored pureed vegetables and meat for your toddler!).
Invest in a small Thermos stainless steel insulated food jar and pack them off in the lunchbox with a straw or spoon. They will be slushy by lunchtime and keep the rest of the lunchbox items cold.
Here are some great recipes which will pack some nutritional POW for your kids:
The goodness of avocado, banana and berries? I’m sold! These are a great way to get loads of vitamins, antioxidants and fibre into your childs diet.
Note: Make sure you use Light Coconut Milk.
These recipes are so simple and overflowing with goodness… a surefire winner!
Packed full of fibre, antioxidants and protein this is an excellent smoothie to give your kids that extra boost that they need to power through their school day.
Most kids don’t get enough Fibre OR greens in their diet so this is a great way to combine greens, fibre and the sweetness and energy of banana into a delicious smoothie to keep them going through the afternoon.
You can find further instructions on the method here: How to Prepare and Pack Freezer Smoothies for School Lunches: Eat Well, Spend Less
You can buy the thermos jar here: Thermos Insulated Food Jar
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