This Quick & Healthy Snack is Perfect for Outside Time with Your Kids

Yesterday afternoon was another pretty spring day here in the mountains so the kids and I wanted to go outside and play. We thought we would make a snack to take out with us so we could refuel before playing. My daughter helped me make a smoothie for everyone. I let her pick the ingredients out and add them into the blender.

As a fun, slightly messy outside snack we took a bucket with unshelled, roasted peanuts to eat along with the smoothies. We had a lovely time sitting on our small bridge overlooking the stream and racing peanut shells down the current. When we finished our yummy snack we got in some good physical activity by jumping on the trampoline and chasing each other around the yard. Yum and fun!

Morgie’s Fruity Smoothie Recipe

  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, with tops
  • 3/4 cup soy milk
  • 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 apple, quartered, seeds included
  • ice (use sparingly as needed)

Directions: Add everything to the blender in the order listed. Blend on low speed and slowly increase to high speed until smooth.

Choosing the Ingredients

How to Make a Perfect Smoothie

One of the things I love about making smoothies is that you really don’t have to follow any sort of exact measurements. Especially for a fruit smoothie, you can pretty much just put whatever you want in there. It was great to let Morgan pick what she wanted to add to our smoothie.

She picked out fresh strawberries, a fresh banana, an apple, and some soy milk. Normally I would use frozen banana to make the smoothie thicker and colder but I thought we’d try it Morgan’s way. We used the whole strawberry including the green top and the whole apple (cut into quarters) with the seeds in tact. We put just a few ice cubes on top since the only cold ingredients otherwise were the soy milk and strawberries from the fridge.

After blending it all together we poured the smooth blend into our cups and had a taste. Mmmm… Morgan did a good job picking the ingredients. I don’t use apples in our smoothies much but it was really perfect in this blend with the fresh strawberries. I enjoyed the texture with the fresh banana too.

Want to Make it Colder

It wasn’t quite cold enough for my wife’s tastes so I poured hers back in the blender and added some ice to thicken it up and make it chilly. The ice had the side effect of also diluting the flavor quite a bit though. If I were to make it again and wanted it colder I would use frozen banana chunks and not add any ice.

Getting the kids more involved in choosing their own healthy snacks is something I would like to do more of. Everyone should be owners of their own healthy lifestyle. So here’s to that… cheers!

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