Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mixed Berry Smoothie

One of my daughter's favorite ways to waste pass the time is playing computer games. These days, every kids' show has a website with games and other activities, some of which include things you can print. My daughter found the print button very entertaining right from the get-go (which quickly got out of hand), so we had to impose a one-page-a-day limit. 

Many of these sites also have recipes for kids, so last week Maddie used her one page to print a smoothie recipe. She asked me if we could make it, so we did (at least a variation of it). It received two small, but enthusiastic, thumbs up.

Yield: 32 oz.

16 oz. fresh or frozen* mixed berries, stems removed if fresh
   (such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt (or vanilla yogurt)
1 cup orange juice
honey to taste (optional)

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.  Serve immediately.

*This is great with frozen berries because they give the smoothie an icy quality. Of course you can always add a little actual ice if using fresh berries.

We used frozen berries (since it isn't exactly berry season).
We used vanilla yogurt (so we didn't need any honey).

This really is a nice simple recipe to make with your kids. It's so easy and fun for them to pour everything into the blender themselves and of course they love pushing the buttons--then again, who doesn't?


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