Fun Food Ideas for Kids: Sunburst Energy Smoothie

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As kids fill their minds with knowledge, we love to keep their bellies filled with fun food ideas.  That’s why it’s worth blending this sunburst energy smoothie! Our friend Natalie from Super Healthy Kids explains why:

As parents, a common concern is if our kids are getting enough of the right nutrients.  When our kids say they are done eating after just a few bites it can be stressful!  There are a lot of reasons kids don’t eat what we want them to from texture issues, to varied taste preferences, and just plain old not being hungry at that particular meal.  Whatever the reason, we still worry about what our kids are eating, or not eating!  Smoothies are a great way to make up the difference of those time when they just won’t eat what is on their plate.  Smoothies are packed with nutrients, and for some kids it is easier to drink a smoothie packed with spinach than eat a bowl full!

This smoothie can be made with just the fruits, or for more nutrition, we added a big handful of spinach to half of it.  You literally can’t taste the spinach, but combining the green with the orange makes it a fun ‘twisted’ smoothie!

This smoothie is not only totally tropical and delicious, but the ingredients are specifically chosen for both flavor and a boost of energy.

Pineapple: Packed with vitamin C, not only is pineapple an immune booster, but it  is an excellent source the trace mineral manganese, which is an essential cofactor in a number of enzymes important in energy production and antioxidant defenses.

Mango: We love frozen mango in our smoothies because it provides a rich sweet flavor and also thickens the texture making it smooth and creamy.

Chia Seeds: Chia is unique because both the gelling action of the seed, and it’s unique combination fiber combine to slow down your body’s conversion of starches into sugars. If you eat chia with a meal, it will help you turn your food into constant, steady energy rather than a series of ups and downs that wear you out.

Banana: We love bananas for their potassium and boost in energy that way.  Less commonly known is that bananas contain three different kinds of sugar. Glucose and fructose are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, so they’ll give you an energy boost fast. Sucrose acts more slowly, so it keeps your blood sugar level stable and ensures you don’t suffer the crash that comes with other sweet treats.

If your kids are newer to smoothies and you think the green will freak them out, then just do the orange!

Sunburst Energy Smoothie

Instructions

  • 3/4 cup frozen pineapple cubes
  • 3/4 cup frozen mango cubes
  • 3/4 cup 100% orange juice
  • 1 banana
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • Big handful of spinach (optional – only add if you want to make it green)

Blend together until smooth and creamy.   To make half of it green:  Pour half of the orange mixture into several glasses.  Mix the remainder with a big handful of spinach.  Blend until smooth.  Pour over the orange mixture and serve!

Yield: 16 oz.

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