Recipes: Healthy for Kids

Dr. Bill’s Smoothie

Serves 4-5. This recipe originally appeared on drsearswellnessinstitute.org.

We have been making this Sears family recipe an average of five days a week for the past ten years. Our whole family enjoys it, as do the families in our pediatric practice. It is one of our top “prescriptions” in the NDD-prevention plan.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Greek-style organic yogurt, plain,
  • 2—3 cups organic milk, soy beverage, or pomegranate or vegetable or fruit juice (e.g., carrot, greens; grapejuice works especially well)
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup mixed frozen fruit (e.g., strawberries, mango, papaya, or pineapple)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp. ground Flaxseeds
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. non-hydrogenated peanut butter

Optional Add-ins

  • 2 servings whey protein powder
  • 1-2 servings multivitamin/multimineral chocolate or vanilla flavored powder (Neolife Nutrishake)
  • 1/4 cup raisins or dates (for extra sweetness and fiber)
  • 2 kiwis (for extra vitamin C)
  • 2 tbsp. wheat germ
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 2 tbsp. pomegranate seeds (optional)

Combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more liquid to get the desired consistency. Blend again. Serve immediately, before the air settles and while the mixture has a bubbly milkshake texture.