This kid-friendly healthy recipe for a fruity smoothie comes from Victoria Giang
Getting kids to eat a healthy breakfast is not always the easiest task at hand. Have you ever noticed how large the boxed breakfast cereal selection is in the market? That is because it is one of the most popular breakfast options available. It is a 10 billion dollar industry.
Many breakfast options for kids have empty calories and are high in processed sugars. That may be changing with the rise in popularity of fruit based smoothies and foods rich in beneficial probiotics, such as kefir and yogurt.
Most kids won’t turn their noses up at chocolate or bananas. Combining the two in a smoothie is a good way to get some nutrition into their diets without sacrificing taste. Using honey as a sweetener is so much healthier than processed sugar. Honey has natural antibacterial properties.
Chocolaty Fruit Breakfast Smoothie
Here is a smoothie recipe that includes vitamin and fiber rich fruits, minerals, natural sugars, protein, antioxidants from cacao, and probiotics. Feel free to substitute dairy for almond milk and blueberries for the strawberries. If you can’t find cacao powder, use cocoa powder.
1 ripe banana, sliced
1/2 cup sliced strawberries (frozen is fine)
2 tsps unsweetened raw cacao powder
2 tsps good honey, preferably local
1/4 cup plain kefir or yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more milk, if needed to make it thinner.
The nutritional profile of this smoothie may vary, depending on what brands of products you use. This is an approximate breakdown of the recipe.
Calories – 252
Fat – 3.0 grams
Carbohydrates – 53.1 grams
Dietary fiber – 8.8 grams
Protein – 7.2 grams
Vitamin B6 – 37.5% RDA
Vitamin C – 81.4% RDA
Vitamin D – 18.8% RDA
Vitamin E – 27.5% RDA
Calcium – 40.3% RDA
Iron – 18.7% RDA
Magnesium – 13.0% RDA
(RDA = Recommended Daily Amount)
Smoothies are a great source of high quality calories that kids need for energy. With the right combinations of fruits, vegetables, natural sweeteners, and probiotics your kids will feel satisfied and fueled up for the morning.
Smoothies are a great way to get some fiber, protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals into your little ones’ diets. It may take some experimentation with ingredients at first. But, it is worth the effort for a healthier breakfast or snack option.
About Victoria Giang
Victoria is a home cooking mom and a food blogger behind How Daily. She loves to share her recipes and culinary tips from her diversified experience of multi-cuture. Concocting smoothie recipes is one of her spare time hobbies. Check out her suggestions on blenders for making smoothies.