I love smoothies in the morning. What a great quick way to get in your fiber, minerals and even proteins to keep you going through the day.
However, even though I make my smoothies with delicious kid-friendly fruit such as bananas and strawberries, my kids will not drink them. So, I experimented with making the smoothies into “ice cream”. My kids love Plants vs. Zombies, so the “ice cream”, which is greenish from the spinach and avocado I add in, has become their Zombie Brains Breakfast Ice-Cream. And now they love them!
To make the “Ice Cream” you’ll need:
- 1 banana
- 1 avacado
- 1 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1 cup fresh or frozen spinach (kale also works)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds*
- 1½ cups milk (could also substitute with soy, coconut, or almond milk for non-dairy options)
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 1 tsp lemon juice to preserve colour (optional)
Blend all the ingredients well in a blender to make the smoothie. It is ready to enjoy fresh! (Note: you may need to add a little more liquid if you prefer a thinner consistency for drinking).
To make “ice cream” pour the smoothie into an ice cube tray (use any type you have- I had a silicone brain mold similar to this one from Amazon that did the trick).
Pop out the frozen cubes 10-15 minutes before you are ready to use them to let the “ice cream” soften a bit. Serve!
Here are my guys enjoying their "ice cream". Even the littlest one wanted to get in on the action!
*I have only recently learned of all the amazing benefits of chia seeds! One ounce (approximately 2 tbsps) packs in a whopping 11g of fiber, 4 g of protein, 5g of omega-3 fats all in only 137 calories! I’ve started adding a tbsp of chia seeds to my favorite pancake recipe as well- the kids don’t even notice!
What tricks do you use to help your kids eat more fruits and veggies?