Summer time for our family means smoothies—served almost every day! After spending the morning running around outside or swimming at the lake nearby, the kids and I often crave something cool, refreshing and hydrating for lunch, and making a meal-worthy smoothie is the easiest (and one of the healthiest) options for me.
I tend to use the same recipe, which up until now, has been a hit with the kids. I call it the “All-In Smoothie” because I pack everything into it—a banana, berries, natural peanut butter, Greek yogurt, spinach, milk and sometimes even oats. But lately, the kids have been getting bored of the All-In Smoothie and have been asking for something different.
Sometimes, when kids get bored of the same old same old, they don’t eat as well at meals and this can even be mistaken as picky eating. Switching things up—even just a little bit—can make a world of difference. The other day, as I was going to make our usual smoothie, I noticed the pile of lemons that we had sitting on the counter and decided instead to make “Creamy Frozen Lemonade”. I used some of the same ingredients that I use for our usual smoothie, but instead of berries, used a lemon (the juice and rind). The kids loved it and so did I!
This Creamy Frozen Lemonade is a perfect addition to a meal (serving it with whole grain toast and peanut butter, a sandwich or alongside oatmeal would be perfect), or it makes for the perfect, refreshing snack on a hot day. Enjoy!
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Written by a Registered Dietitian.