Make this nutrition powerhouse in five minutes!
What if you could give your kids vitamin C, potassium, fiber, acidophilus, calcium and even omega-3 all in one easy-to-carry package? You can. Better yet, you can do it in five minutes with ingredients from the freezer for a quick before-school breakfast. To make it even more fun, let your kids choose the berries to see what great color and flavor combinations they can concoct.
In this recipe, the strawberries are a great source of folic acid and potassium. Of all the berries, they have the highest concentration of vitamin C. Raspberries are another source of vitamin C that are very high in antioxidants and rich in omega-3 fatty acids. In general, smoothies are a great way for your kids to get their daily allowance of fruit.
Prep time: 4 minutes
1 cup low-fat milk (also try soy milk or almond milk)
½ cup plain yogurt or yogurt flavor of choice
4 ice cubes
¼ cup frozen or fresh raspberries
3 frozen or fresh strawberries
½ teaspoon honey
1. Place all the ingredients in blender.
2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
3. Pour in 2-3 glasses and enjoy.
Nutrients to Know:
Acidophilus: A friendly inhabitant of the gastrointestinal tract, acidophilus are probiotic organisms which secrete enzymes that support healthy digestion.
Omega-3 fatty acids: Essential fatty acids that are necessary for human health and which play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development. The body is unable to produce these acids so they must be consumed through food.
Folic acid: A B vitamin, it helps the body with the regeneration of healthy new cells.
Potassium: A very important mineral for the proper function of all cells, tissues and organs in the human body. Potassium is crucial to heart function and plays a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, making it important for normal digestive and muscular function.
by Francia Brice
Photography by Jacqueline deMontravel