The summer season is here and with increasing temperatures, people look for quick and easy ways to cool down. They opt for soft drinks, juices etc. But instead of this, we should incorporate the healthier options which include fresh juices, shakes and smoothies.
We all know how kids are in the summers, full of energy and enthusiasm. To keep them going, their nutritional intake should also be taken into consideration by their loved ones. Here are some of the most popular smoothie recipes to keep your child happy.
Banana Berry Smoothie
A handful of berries (raspberry, blueberries), a single banana (peeled), 2 tsp. honey, ice and 6 oz (180 ml) of pineapple juice and add a little bit of grated ginger to give the smoothie a kick.
Directions: Blitz all the ingredients in the blender until you achieve a nice consistency.
Nutritional Value: Berries have immense nutritional value. They are a high source of Vitamin C, support heart health, act as antioxidants and can also help to reduce cancer.
Banana-Peanut Butter Smoothie
Chop up a banana into two pieces, along with a cup of milk, 1 tsp. of peanut butter and some ice cubes.
Directions: Use the blender to mix up all the ingredients until a smooth consistency is achieved.
Nutritional Value: Bananas are a high source of Potassium which is good for cardiac, renal activity. Along with that it contains Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6. With milk, your child will get the Calcium he requires for strong bones.
We all know how kids love mangoes. You can use this amazing fruit and give it a nice blend with strawberries for your kid to enjoy. Take a cup of fresh strawberries, a cup of mango nectar or pureed mangoes, some ice cubes and half a cup of plain yoghurt.
Directions: Incorporate all the ingredients, blend it thoroughly until all the goodness is mixed and serve it chilled. If the consistency is thicker than your liking you can add some water.
Nutritional Value: Mangoes have a rich source of Vitamin C (60%). Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Potassium and a whole lot of minerals express how good this fruit is for health. It helps in fighting cancer, digestion, regulates diabetes, visual acuity. It also cleanses the skin.
Oatmeal Smoothie is a blend of great nutritional value for your child. Try to incorporate this in the regular breakfast meals by giving it a more colorful twist. The ingredients are 1 cup of ice, a single banana, half cup of strawberries, 1 tbsp. honey, half cup of oats and some liquid (juice or water).
Directions: Place the berries and oats at the bottom of the blender and then add all the ingredients. Blend it completely so you get a nice consistency to it.
Nutritional Value: Oats are a great source of potassium, proteins, iron and magnesium. All of which are necessary for proper body growth.
Kids absolutely love strawberries. And you can give them these fruity delights in the form of a fantastic smoothie which has great nutritional value. A cup of strawberries (frozen preferred), a cup of yoghurt and some fruit juice to give it a nice, vibrant taste
Directions: Add all the ingredients in a blender, blitz it thoroughly.
Nutritional facts: Strawberries are a rich source of Vitamin C (97%). It is also a god source of Folate and Potassium and very good source of Dietary Fiber and Manganese. So, use these fruity delights to fuel your young one with proper, healthy nutrition.