After sharing the recipe I use for Greek yogurt strawberry smoothies on the blog this morning, I decided to share one of my boys' favorite smoothies.
In our home, very berry avocado smoothies derived from when I was making baby food. My boys loved the pureed mix I used to make them with frozen berries, avocado and banana.
One day, I decided to added some milk and Greek yogurt to create smoothies for the boys, and they were an instant hit.
This recipe is completely adjustable. The avocado is optional. I throw it for a healthy fat for my boys, plus it adds a smooth texture. The milk can be of any variety. I skip the whole milk, since I drink these with my boys. Coconut milk would be good, but I almost always have almond milk in my fridge. The stevia is also optional. I like it for additional sweetness, but you could go heavier on the banana to add more sweetness. I only use half of a banana to keep the calories down. Basically, this is a pretty flexible recipe.
This smoothie is packed with protein, antioxidants and healthy fats. For fewer calories the recipe could be adjusted, or you could do what I do and share one serving with your twin toddlers!
1 c. frozen mixed berries (75 calories, 1 gram of protein)
1/2 of a banana (50 calories, 1 gram of protein)
1/2 of an avocado (115 calories, 1.5 grams of protein)
1/2 c. nonfat plain Greek yogurt (65 calories, 6 grams of protein)
1/2 -1 c. unsweetened almond milk, depending on desired thickness (30 calories, .5 gram of protein)
1/2-1 tsp stevia, depending on taste
the juice of 1/2 of a lime
335 Total Calories and 10 grams of protein
Mix the ingredients in a blender until smooth
** Frozen berries work best for this drink. You can always freeze fresh berries yourself or buy frozen ones from the frozen section at the grocery store.
** Greek yogurt could be substituted for regular yogurt. Regular yogurt will make the smoothie thinner. I prefer Greek yogurt, because of the additional protein in Greek yogurt.
** This recipe makes one serving for me, and two small servings for my twin toddlers. I double the recipe when making this for my husband, myself and our twin toddlers.