For my family, spring signals the beginning of little league baseball and a renewed level of busyness that makes staying on top of nutrition a bit of a challenge. Recently, I've been using berries, another spring/summer favorite, in smoothies to keep my kids fueled up. Using a simple blender, I can whip up a tasty treat in minutes that includes many fruits and vegetables that my kids wouldn't normally eat.
Berries are sweet, but also contain a boost of disease-fighting antioxidants, fiber and vitamins. It's fun to hear my kids ask for seconds, especially when I know the smoothies we make are also loaded with spinach, kale, or chia or flax seeds to add fiber, protein and healthy omega fats. I make it a goal to get at least three servings of fruits and vegetables in each smoothie I make.
When I see a deal on berries, I buy double what I need and put half in the freezer. Then I can just pull out what I need, whenever I need it. Clean up is easy, too: Simply pop the blender parts into your dishwasher or hand wash with hot, soapy water.
Fuel up with berries and other great smoothies by trying these SparkRecipes.
Kirstin's Simple Berry Smoothie: This quick and delicious smoothie is a healthy way to satisfy that sweet tooth.
Samantha's Super Smoothie: With one serving of veggies and three servings of fruit, this smoothie is loaded with fiber and protein and is the perfect way to start the day.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie: Whether you're suffering from nausea, heartburn or in need of a refreshing snack or quick breakfast, this is a nutritious pick-me-up.
The SparkPeople Special Smoothie: Packed with calcium, protein and vitamins, this quick snack will keep you satisfied until your next meal.
Goin' Green Smoothie: Along with the explosive flavors of orange, strawberry, banana and spinach, you'll get at least two-and-a-half servings of fruits and veggies.
Blueberry Smoothie: You can prepare this easy and healthy smoothie using any frozen fruit.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie: This vitamin-packed drink provides an energy boost while also satisfying those chocolate cravings.
Banana Berry Smoothie: It's thick, creamy and sweet, but doesn't have the added sugar and calories found in frozen desserts.
Quick Start Breakfast Drink: This is a smart, yet scrumptious way to kick off your morning when you need to grab breakfast on the run.
Rama's Three Berry Tofu Smoothie: This smoothie packs a protein punch along with the natural sweetness of berries.
What are your favorite ingredients to add to a smoothie?