Everyone loves smoothies! They’re super quick to make when you keep basics on hand, and they’re wonderfully portable for when you’re in a rush to get out the door (we’re always in rush on school mornings). Lately we’ve been making a big batch for breakfast and refrigerating the leftovers for an after school snack. I’ve also started adding smoothies to the lunch box this year (cleaned up, recycled small Odwalla containers work perfectly). As school lunch periods get shorter and shorter (don’t get me started!), this seems to be something my kids can successfully eat (along with a few other tidbits) in the teensy amount of time allotted for lunch.
If you start searching around for smoothies on the internet you’ll find tons of info– recipes, special containers, little tips and tricks. So…. to the collective oeuvre of smoothies out there I add our list of favorites with an international twist.
Mango lassis are by far the most requested smoothies in my house. We all love the creamy, sweet mango flavor, but that pinch of cardamom is what makes it special. For kids who insist they don’t like spices — this is a good place to start. Here’s our previous post with the recipe.
Acai bowls are new to our smoothie repertoire. Acai is a deep purple Brazilian “super fruit” that you can now handily find in the freezer section of Whole Foods and other markets. Blend it up the traditional way with banana, milk (apple juice or coconut milk) and serve it in a bowl topped with granola. Thin it out with additional liquid to make it more smoothie like. We just featured acai bowls in our Breakfast Makeover article for the San Jose Mercury News, and you can find the recipe here.
This date-coconut-honey-banana-nut smoothie has a decidedly Middle Eastern flair. It’s wonderfully sweet and creamy, toasty and nutty. YUM! It’s a good one to sustain you through a busy, busy morning. If you’re keeping things dairy-free, almond or coconut milk would be great here. Get the recipe here.
This creamy orange-vanilla smoothie falls more into the all-American school of smoothies, and it’s one of my personal favorites. I always did like those orange creamsicle popsicles from the corner store and here they are translated into a healthier, smoothie form. Here’s the recipe from a previous post.