Very Berry Minty Smoothie

 

We all know how difficult it is to teach our children to eat healthy. I remember when my kids were young and the kind of conversations we had. “Dad, can I eat some ice-cream?” my son asked. “Son, you just had some chips, you are eating too much junk food” I replied. “And?” he responded.  So I told him I’ll make him a sweet delicious tasting surprise. He went along with my idea and patiently waited in the living room.  So instead of serving him a big bowl of ice-cream I decided to mix him a smoothie. I for myself usually make the really healthy ones with kale and spinach…you know what I mean. However that kind of smoothie wasn’t sweet enough for this occasion. I pulled out some frozen assorted berries from the freezer, a banana, Greek yogurt, just to name a few. Once he saw me placing the berries in the mixer he got really excited and he ask me if he could help.  So what is better than to lead by example?  To engage them in healthy eating habits, that way they will hopefully continue to make healthy choices for themselves; and most importantly for the rest of their lives. That was many years ago and rest is history…

Very Berry Minty Smoothie

Very Berry Minty Smoothie

I prefer to get organically grown or wild berries so I don’t have to worry about pesticides. This is in particular important for berries, since you can’t scrub them clean. I didn’t use ice-cream in this recipe, but Greek yogurt. Guess what, he never realized the absence of ice-cream. However, if you do have a sweet tooth, like me, go for it.

Another important aspect is the health benefits of berries. Don’t under estimate the incredible power that berries bring to the table, literally! There are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C and cancer fighting ingredients. The darker the colors the more health benefits they have. Many guides also recommend using a variety of colored fruits, ranging from red, blue, orange to yellow, that will increase the intake of different vitamins and minerals. So make it colorful.

Very Berry Minty Smoothie

Very Berry Minty Smoothie - Ideal for kids

Try the very berry minty smoothie with your kids and let me know how they liked it.

What is your twist to get your kids to eat healthy?

Very Berry Minty Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: Snack, healthy food
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 0.5 cup strawberries
  • 0.5 cup cherries
  • 0.5 cup raspberries
  • 0.5 banana
  • 1 Greek vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 0.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 0.25 cup pomegranate juice
  • A few mint leaves,
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a mixer and blend until well incorporated. Pour in a 6 oz glass and decorate with a leftover fruit. Enjoy
Notes
I used frozen berries for this recipe, but you can certainly use fresh berries. Tip: If the smoothie is too thick add some soy-vanilla milk. For vegans: exchange the Greek yogurt with soy yogurt.

 

Very Berry Minty Smoothie
Very Berry Minty Smoothie

Comments

  1. Those little sums we have to do to get access are super cute.
    Instilling healthy eating habits into our children is our duty so they don’t struggle all their lives with obesity and a range of ailments. My mother used to make her grandchildren icecream from frozen bananas with no other ingredients and she never told them they were eating pure banana. It’s the perception the marketing campaigns of those junk foods have created in the minds of children that is so dangerous because they have no connection to the reality of the delicious flavours of pure foods. Those ads teach children that junk food equals delicious and that’s a hideous message.
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  2. You are so right. It is the media what drives our kids to eat all that junk food and in turn brain washes them to think it is OK. No wonder child obesity is so high. I love the idea with the frozen bananas.
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