Thursday, August 14, 2014

Leftover Fruit - Smoothies and Smoothie Pops

We go through a lot of fruit in my house.  All of my kids love fruit, and it's one of those things that's always on the grocery list, even if we're not close to being out when we make said list.  They eat it all day every day.  If the refrigerator is open, the toddler always manages to slide in and ask for some type of berry!

Usually we buy more than enough to get us through the week, so by the time the next round comes in, there's that one really ripe banana, or just a few berries left in the container.  My favorite way to make sure these lonely pieces of fruit don't go to waste is to toss the last few pieces into the blender!

{Sometimes I freeze the fruit to use in the smoothies later, but you get the point.}

The combinations are always different, depending on what we have had in the house and what's leftover.  This week I used a peach, a banana and probably about five strawberries.  Add a splash of milk and a little yogurt.  Blend with ice.  As if you don't know how to make a smoothie.

The boys always love guessing what color the smoothie will be.

 If it's particularly thick, I'll add another dash of milk to Eleanor's so she can manage it in her straw.

These are a great healthy afternoon snack that all three of my kids love, and are particularly refreshing during the summer after playing outside!  My 5 year old is probably the most selective with fruit, but none of the kids have ever turned their nose up at any smoothie concoction that I've offered.  He never eats peaches, but devoured that peach smoothie.

After everyone gets their smoothie, I usually have a little smoothie mixture leftover, so I pour it into a popsicle mold and then they can have fruity "smoothie pops" the next day as another refreshing snack or for dessert!


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  1. I love that idea. I live in South West Florida. We have 2 seasons, hot and hotter. This would be such a refreshing and healthy treat. Thanks for sharing. Linda @ Home Cooking. Have a great week.

    1. Thanks, this is one of our favorite summer treats, but I can only image how refreshing it would be in Florida!