Wintertime is sometimes tough in the fruit department with less selection than usual. My kids and I love summer fruit (berries, stone fruit, local melons) and in winter the fruit staples at our house are organic apples, oranges, clementines or mandarins, bananas and if we are lucky the occasional box of organic strawberries. In the smoothie department I have to be a little more creative but get to throw in fresh fruits that the might not otherwise eat on their own (kiwis, pears, etc.). Did I mention my kids can be picky?
Plus my kiddies are now at the age where their front teeth are wiggly, making hard fruit like apples harder to eat. Smoothies to the rescue! I make a big bottle of smoothies a few times a week so we have some on hand to drink the in morning or after school. Find they are great for after school when they are sooooo starving. It buys me 5 minutes while I get them unpacked and prep a “real” snack for them. It delivers a good mix of fruit, protein, fats and calcium. Plus it’s a change and has no greens -which is rare in this house!!
Beat the winter blues with this refreshing smoothie. Try it as part of breakfast or for an afternoon snack. Adjust the amount of frozen bananas and medjool dates used to suit you (or your little ones) taste.
Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
3 clementines or 1 large orange, peeled & separated
1 large frozen banana
1½ cups vegan milk
½ cup apple juice or cider
1 tbsp flaxseed meal
1-2 medjoool date, pitted or a few drops of stevia
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 ice cubes
1 tbsp coconut or seed/nut butter or coconut oil (optional)
Place fruit and milk into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Add remaining ingredients then blend again until thick and smooth.
Makes about 2-3 servings.