Rise & Shine Smoothie

Not only is this smoothie fresh and fruity, it aids in digestion through Papaya and Kefir.  Papayas contain an enzyme called papain that aids in digestion and they are also rich in Beta-carotene and Vitamin C.  This smoothie also contains “good fats” and other beneficial vitamins and minerals from the Avocado.

Kefir is a fermented milk product that contains loads of friendly bacteria.  Look for organic Kefir in the dairy section of the grocery store.

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Ingredients: (Makes 1 large smoothie or 2 small)

1/2 Avocado

1 cup Chopped Papaya

3/4 cup Almond Milk (or milk alternative)

1 Tbsp Kefir

3 Ice Cubes

1 Big Splash of orange juice

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

When serving to kids I always like to use a cute glass (or these awesome jars) with a fancy paper straw.  Don’t forget, how it looks is just as important as how it tastes when it comes to your little kiddos  😉

Creamy Banana Smoothie

This smoothie is nice and light and the cashews give it a creamy texture.  The cashews are soaked overnight for easier digestion.  If you are looking for a nut-free option you could substitute half an avocado for the cashews. (You will just end up with a greener looking smoothie)  🙂

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Smoothies are a great way to get in loads of nutrients.  They are especially great for little ones who may not otherwise eat some of the ingredients.  They will NEVER KNOW!  (Insert mischievous grin here).

Ingredients: (Makes about 4 cups of smoothie)

1/2 cup cashews (soaked overnight in water and rinsed clean in the morning)

2 bananas

1 cup chopped pineapple

1 heaping tbsp plain greek yogurt

About 3-4 cups cold water (you can adjust amount of water for desired consistency)

To Make:

Blend all ingredients in blender until silky smooth.  Garnish with grapes and chunks of pineapple.

Enjoy!