Hello moms! It is finally July and with the weather becoming scorching hot, it has become harder to motivate kids to go outside to have fun. I recently had a few cousins over for a summer reunion brunch, and I had noticed that their children either sat in the shade or chugged glass after glass of sugar-filled iced tea. Rather than give into their desperate pleas of providing ice-cream or more iced-tea and soda, I decided to do something new and fun by blending together a few fruits for a sweet, healthy, and cooling drink that, in the end, the children and adults all loved.
The best aspect of fruit smoothies in the summer is that you are providing your family a cool drink that is almost dessert-like, but is packed full of antioxidants and nutrients that kids often substitute with sugar and artificial flavors during this time of year. Furthermore, it is super easy to whip up – all you need is fruit and a blender!
This banana-mango smoothie recipe is perfect for these hot days, and great for entertaining guests at any outdoor occasion, especially with July 4th coming up!
What you will need:
- 1 ripe mango
- 1 large banana
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup orange juice
Let’s get started:
- Peel and slice your mango and banana into equal chunks. This ensures for smooth blending later on.
- Throw the mango and banana slices into the blender and let it blend for about 20-30 seconds. Make sure that the texture is smooth.
- Add in the frozen berries and continue to blend until the berries are thoroughly incorporated.
- Add the orange juice and blend for another 10 seconds.
- Pour into your glass and enjoy!
Serving Size: 2
- For the best tasting smoothie, pop your fruit into the refrigerator beforehand.
- If your smoothie comes out too thick, add more orange juice.
- Substitute with different variations of fruit, or with whatever you happen to have in your kitchen, to keep these drinks interesting and fun for your kids.
- Chill your mug or glass at least 30 minutes before you make your smoothie so that your drink will remain cold for a longer period of time.
- Make it with your family! This is a fun and interactive recipe that will keep your kids engaged and active in the kitchen. (However, be careful when handling a knife if you are cutting the fruit)