I’m a fan of most anything that will help things run more smoothly during the morning. This is a prep-ahead, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, green and healthy smoothie recipe that tastes so good it will please the whole family! The coconut water is a source of natural electrolytes, making this a great option for kids who need to replenish after sports practice.
Smoothies are still my favorite way of getting additional vegetables into my family’s diet and quick breakfasts are a must, especially for little ones who need to eat shortly after waking. Combining the two just makes sense, doesn’t it?
Buying fresh, organic fruits and veggies in bulk and freezing them really helps to control costs and still allow us to eat organic about 90% of the time. We also find large bags of frozen organic fruits are on sale often, so the freezer section has become our friend when looking for smoothie ingredients.
Isn’t this orange, beautiful? It’s a Cara Cara and my daughter calls them her orange candy! She loves helping me prepare our smoothies and her favorite part right now is rolling the oranges on the counter before adding one to the blender. Do you get your kids into the kitchen to help out with breakfast?
About this Recipe
This healthy smoothie recipe makes 3-4, 8 ounce servings and delivers healthy doses of filling fiber, protein, Omega 3’s, and naturally occurring electrolytes. If you’re eating clean and green in 2015 (hey, that rhymes!), this is a wonderful addition to your meal plan. And because so much of this is frozen, you can measure and prep bags to grab and dump in the blender quickly. Who doesn’t love that?
First, let me say that this is not a sponsored post. I just love, love, love this protein powder (affiliate link). It’s organic and vegan, and also dairy-, gluten-, GMO-, soy-, and lactose-free. The best part is that it doesn’t taste like chemicals, and that’s one of the biggest reasons why I just love this stuff.
I’m going to note that I add protein powder to my smoothie but do not feed it to my daughter (she’s only 3 years old). She gets protein from other sources, especially at breakfast and lunch when we utilize smoothies the most, so I feel she doesn’t need it. Check out the ingredients list on this protein powder though, and you’ll see why a lot of parents feel just fine adding it to their kids’ smoothies. For kids in sports though, this is a great alternative to some protein powders and prepared shakes.
- 1/4 frozen banana
- 3 whole frozen strawberries
- 2 cups frozen spinach
- 1/2-1 orange (medium-size)
- 1 cup unflavored coconut water (more or less, depending on preference); can use plain water
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
Let the Blender Do The Work
Add the frozen ingredients into your blender first and top with the rest. Give it a mix on your ‘frozen drinks’ or ‘ice’ setting. After you are certain you like the consistency (adjust by adding just a bit of coconut or filtered water), dump it into a cup and enjoy. I pour my daughter a cup and fill a few miniature Popsicle molds to pop in the freezer for desserts later in the week.
To make it for myself, I add an additional 1/4 cup of water and my protein powder to the rest of the smoothie in the blender. After a quick pulse, I get 8-10 ounces of an energizing, filling smoothie.
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