A kid-friendly healthy smoothie for a school day breakfast- whizz- gulp and go!
Our Whizz, Gulp and Go Healthy Smoothie was one of several I developed for our three children when they were small. These smoothies were created out of a necessity borne from the daily frustration of getting the children ready for the school and out of the front door , without a meltdown (theirs) or a breakdown (mine) and off to school in time for the bell. As you know, to do this quickly requires almost regimental vigour, coupled with lashings of patience. These morning flash-points were the ultimate test of my ‘positive parenting’ skills and on occasion I would fail miserably. My solution came in the guise of a smoothie that I could whizz, the kids would gulp and then we’d go. I would get the ingredients together the night before, and in the morning quickly blend them up as my daughters sat at the breakfast table. These healthy smoothies were more nutritious than a regular cereal breakfast and could be consumed with relative speed, allowing precious time to tie shoe laces, do up coats and ensure that each had their scarf and mittens before leaving the house.
A cautionary word of advice: Don’t offer your children the same smoothie every day, they’ll quickly tire of it and you’ll be back to square one grappling with torn cereal boxes and spilled milk! Give each smoothie an amusing name and have a selection of easy, seasonal recipes to hand. This healthy smoothie recipe was one I developed during one winter when the choice of fruit was more limited and I had run out of my frozen fruit supply from the garden. These days, we have access to shop-bought frozen fruit which leads to a greater variety of recipes to choose from! For those of you with older teens try our Super Brainpower Breakfast Smoothie
The science bit..
Research for the BBC programme “10 Things You Need to Know About Losing Weight” showed that blended food in the form of soups and smoothies actually helps you stave off hunger pangs. A group of scientists studied the stomachs of those who had consumed soup ie: blended liquid and food with ultra sound and MRI scans and concluded that the whole mixture remains in the stomach longer, because the water and food are blended together. The scientists’ scans were able to confirm that blended food keeps you feeling satisfied for longer. Fabulous proof as to why smoothies are the perfect, sustainable solution to a quick children’s breakfast!
Healthy Smoothie #1
The Whizz-Gulp and Go!
- 1/2 a banana
- 2 apples
- 1 tsp of runny honey
- 4 super sweet medjool dates
- 200g of yogurt or 200ml of oat or almond milk
- 20g of oatmeal
- optional cup of apple juice
What to do
Cut the apples into smaller chunks, (if organic leave the skins on) and whizz in the blender with yogurt or milk, then add the honey, banana, dates and oats. If your children prefer it in more liquid form or are drinking through smoothie straws, then add a little apple juice to get the perfect consistency!
Bonne appétit! xtit x
Source: BBC News
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About the Author (Author Profile)
Rebecca Watkins worked as a professional photo journalist and travelled the world with her husband John, before settling down as a stay at home mother to their three daughters. They have recently moved back from the French Alps to an old cottage in Devon, England. Rebecca’s days are filled with visits to the beach, animated discussions and in the best moments, happiness and creativity in her family home of five. The other moments are filled with craziness and chaos and she loves those too.