Sunday, May 1, 2016

Smoothie recipes for Picky Eaters

Do you have picky eaters at home? If so, you are not alone. It can be frustrating to get them to eat at all sometimes, let alone eat healthfully! 

Here are three quick and nutritious smoothie recipes that are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

All three of the following smoothie recipes, courtesy of Camp Shane, are less than 175 calories per serving and help kids achieve the recommended 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Banilla Shake

1 ½ cups skim or 1% milk
1 peeled and sliced medium banana, frozen (Wrap sliced banana in plastic wrap or place in a freezer storage bag. Freeze several hours or overnight.)
½ tsp. vanilla extract, optional
¼ tsp. almond extract, optional

In a blender combine all ingredients, except cinnamon. Blend until smooth, about 20 seconds. Pour into glasses and garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, if desired. Yield: approximately 2 ¼ cups. 

Blueberry-Orange Whirl

1 12-ounce package frozen blueberries, unthawed, or 2 1/2 cups fresh
8 ounce low-fat vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In an electric blender, blend all ingredients until smooth. Yield: approximately 3 ½ cups.

Very Berry Smoothie

1/4 cup berries (your choice!)
4 ounces skim milk
6 ounces calcium-fortified orange juice
Blend together all three ingredients until smooth. Yield: approximately 1 serving.

CampShane is the world’s longest running weight-loss camp for children. In partnership with renowned child obesity expert and Board Certified Pediatrician Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, Camp Shane has developed a well-balanced menu that is focused on portion-controlled meals and snacks intended to ensure healthy weight loss.

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