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Kid-friendly smoothies in 5 minutes (or less!)

By Hilary Meyer, August 20, 2009 - 11:54am

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As a kid, my sister didn’t eat anything except macaroni and cheese. This presented a challenge for our mom, especially during breakfast when mac and cheese wasn’t on the menu. Then Mom started making smoothies for breakfast. For some reason, the fresh fruit in a bowl that my sister refused to eat was suddenly “so yummy” after being blended with yogurt, milk or even tofu—something my sister wouldn’t have otherwise touched with a 10-foot pole. And the best part for Mom, was that smoothies take 5 minutes or less to make.

Here are some kids’ breakfast-smoothie recipes all ready in 5 minutes or less:

Wake-Up Smoothie – You can jump-start your day in just minutes with this nutritious, tasty smoothie, which uses frozen berries. It provides vitamin C, fiber, potassium and soy protein.

Apricot Smoothie – Canned apricot halves blend with yogurt in this tangy and refreshing smoothie.

Banana-Berry Smoothie – This bright and easy breakfast packs two servings of fruit plus soy protein and fiber.

Strawberry Smoothie – Reminiscent of an old-fashioned strawberry milkshake, this smoothie delivers the flavor of cold, creamy luxury with the healthful benefits of fresh fruit and low-fat buttermilk.

Thermos-Ready Smoothie – A protein and fiber-rich drink to-go.

TAGS: Hilary Meyer, Food Blog, Breakfast, Family meals, Healthy kids, Quick meals, Snacks

Hilary Meyer
EatingWell Associate Food Editor Hilary Meyer spends much of her time in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, testing and developing healthy recipes. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.

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