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3 Easy After-School Smoothies

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Make your children nutritious after-school smoothies in your all-purpose blender. Try one of these smoothies that tastes as good as it is nutritious.

1. Berry Green Smoothie 
You children might balk at a rich, earthy green smoothie that's loaded with kale and tastes like it. But don't let that stop you from sneaking a few greens into a sweeter smoothie. Here's what you'll need: 

  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango pieces
  • 1 cup all-natural orange juice
  • Ice
  • Your blender. 

Add all of your ingredients to your blender's jar and blend on HIGH for about 25 seconds or until completely smooth. Serve in your kids' favorite cups with a fun straw. They'll be getting all of the vitamins and minerals of the fruit and spinach, plus the fiber that they wouldn't get from juice alone. 

Check your store from frozen mango or make your own. Check your store for frozen mango or freeze your own.

2. Blueberry Boost Smoothie 
Give your kids a quick afternoon pick-me-up just in time for homework, practice or rehearsal. Combine these tasty ingredients for a protein-rich snack that your kids will love: 

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup blueberries 
  • 1 hearty scoop peanut butter 
  • 1 drizzle honey, as desired 
  • Ice. 

Pour all of these ingredients into your blender jar and hit the switch. Blend on HIGH for about 30 seconds. Consider using frozen bananas or blueberries for added texture. 

Teach your children about eating right when you blend your smoothies. Teach your children about eating right when you blend your smoothies.

3. Raspberry and Lime Chia Smoothie
Chia seeds are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and antioxidants. Let your kids try this increasingly popular ingredient in a flavor-packed, creamy smoothie. Here's what you'll need: 

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup plain yogurt. 

Fill up your blender with all of your ingredients and blend on HIGH. Feel free to add a splash of berry or pomegranate juice for a stronger fruit flavor. Garnish with a lime wedge so that your kids feel like its an extra treat while they drink these nutrient-packed after-school smoothies.