My kids absolutely adore smoothies. Frankly, so do I! They are easy to whip up, do not require cooking and I can pack in so many good things in each glass and the kids willingly drink it all up. And with so many summer fruits to choose from, the smoothie combinations are endless. A good friend of mine has a son who is a very picky eater and does not like to bother with eating. He just had his physical and the pediatrician stated that having 15% body fat wasn’t ideal for a growing tween boy. The mom has spent years trying to get her son to pack on the pounds with little success. Her latest addition to his diet is for him enjoy an afternoon snack of a high protein smoothie.
If you have tried protein powders, you know they come in all flavors and protein types, soy, whey, egg. Honestly, it’s hard to find one that doesn’t leave some sort of after taste and they cost quite a bit of money for a family-sized can. That’s why I like using eggs in my smoothie – to be specific, pasteurized eggs from Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs. There is no risk of getting salmonella poisoning and you get pure, unadulterated protein for your smoothie.
I created this Purple Smoothie and the kids really sucked it all down. They know about the blueberries, cherries, banana and milk, but they don’t know about the egg and kale I snuck inside.
Slurp. Slurp. Yum. Yum.
And because it’s summer, we always make extra smoothies to freeze and make smoothie pops. Add some granola on the bottom and you’ve got a fabulous breakfast on a popsicle stick. And we all know how much kids love to eat their foods on a stick! Plan ahead and make your smoothie the night before and pop them in the freezer. If you do not have popsicle molds, small disposable cups and plastic spoons work great!
What are your favorite “secret” ingredients you put in your smoothies?
Disclosure: As I am part of the Darling Dozen, I did receive a stipend from Safest Choice Eggs™ to develop a breakfast recipe using their product. The story I have written is all true, and the opinions are truly mine. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t blog about it!